Bicep Tendonitis

Bicep tendonitis causes pain which occurs in the anterior part of the shoulder named the bicep hole. The bicep tendonitis worsens with the flexion of the shoulder or arm. The sensibility is present in the humeral ditch between the large and the small tuberoses. For the bicep tendonitis a resistance of the muscles testis done, to see if it causes pain in the wrist or in the flexing of the elbow at 90 degrees or when the arm is brought to the body.

Abstract: With hundreds of daily repetitive movements and specific biomechanics of different swimming styles, performance swimmers are prone to develop bicep tendonitis and other strain injuries. If you add the throwing of the ball in the context of a sport and the fight for ball possession such as in the game of polo, the risk of bicep tendonitis and other trauma increase. The aim of the bicep tendonitis studies is to research the incidence of posttraumatic disorders at performance swimmers (swimming and water polo). Method: There were analyzed 76 cases of traumatic disorders, representing 8.8% of all consultations. 63 men were diagnosed and 13 women, aged between 11 and 29 years. Patients were examined clinically and with the help of imaging (radiology, ultrasound, MRI).

Results: The most cases of bicep tendonitis or other injuries occurred to players of polo-53 cases (69.7%). Pathology was dominated by disorders of the shoulder such as bicep tendonitis, 38 cases (50%), with special mention for impingement syndrome with 26 cases (34.2%). Other polarizations of pathology were knee joint (tendonitis and entheses) and interphalangeal joints of the hand (sprains and dislocations). There were also two cases of lumbar sacral pain causes by disk injures that raised questions of therapy treatment.


Among swimmers most subjected to bicep tendonitis and other related trauma are polo players, first because it is a contact sport, and on the other hand because the discipline requires not only swimming but also throwing of the ball.
Concentration of traumatic pathology at the shoulder, with predominant appearance of impingement syndrome and bicep tendonitis, especially in the first half of the competitive season.
Susceptibility to injury with serious consequences of polo players that are in “center” position, especially if they have an inadequate physical condition required for this job.
The need of careful monitoring and individualization of physical training program on juniors who are forced to train with the senior teams.
Starting from the concept, widely accepted that swimming harmoniously shapes the body, many parents are advising their children to practice this sport. But swimming does not only develop muscle strength and exercise capacity but also a neuro-motor coordination, flexibility, skill and ability to focus attention on long-term.

In addition, the game of polo, which requires an effort of power and speed endurance, requires will, resistance to stress and mental fatigue, a sense of anticipation and a good response rate. Because of these it is not surprisingly that there are a large number of practitioners of these sports and that they choose to continue their career as a performance athlete even after the junior stage finishes.

However, because on one hand of dozens repetitive movements daily, and on the other hand, the specific movements of different swimming styles, injuries may occur in the musculoskeletal strain. The purpose of the bicep tendonitis study was to research the incidence of posttraumatic disorders in performance swimmers (swimming and water polo).

Materials and methods

The study was made between 2003 and 2005, on athletes that were swimming and practicing water polo. There were recorded 76 cases of bicep tendonitis or other traumatic disorders, which represent 8.8% of all consultations. 63 men were diagnosed and 13 women, aged between 11 and 29 years.

Patients were examined clinically and imaging (radiology, ultrasound and, in some cases, MRI).

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