USA SWIMMING, the national governing body for the sport of swimming, has officially acknowledged the danger of concussions due to swimmers hitting their heads on the pool walls.


The American Red Cross recognizes potential situations for injury may occur when swimmers:

-Misjudge the distance and get hurt by swimming into the wall.

-Hit heels or ankles on wall during flip turns.



“Swimmers have sustained concussions while doing backstroke, inadvertently crashing their head into the pool wall at a turn”

James MacDonald, assistant professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine-Division of Sports Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.




“We are surprised by how common swim injuries are. On average, there’s one swim injury every 6 minutes. People tend to strike the wall…”

Dr. Gary Smith, Pediatric emergency room Physician at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.




“Swimmers can get concussions in or out of the pool. Common ways swimmers get concussions are: Running into the wall doing backstroke.

Dr. G. John Mullen, Swimming World contributor