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2008-07-28 5:55 PM

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whats the deal? anyone else get this? its not all the time but quite a bit.


2008-07-28 5:57 PM
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Goggles too tight?
2008-07-28 6:22 PM
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Could be due to neck tension.  Make sure your head is in a neutral position..

I get them sometimes if I wear a cap for too long.  Hence, I don't wear swim caps.



Edited by Aikidoman 2008-07-28 6:22 PM
2008-07-28 6:37 PM
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Aikidoman - 2008-07-28 7:22 PM

Could be due to neck tension. Make sure your head is in a neutral position..

I get them sometimes if I wear a cap for too long. Hence, I don't wear swim caps.

A couple thoughts: do you wear glasses, just not in the pool?

As pointed out above, head position makes a big difference--neck tension can be pretty bad if you're off a bit, and that can lead to headaches.  Your eyes shouldn't be looking ahead (at the wall), but instead look diagonally down and slightly in front of you.  It's a lot easier on the neck and shoulders.

Also, are you breathing enough?  Make sure you're expelling enough air when your face is in the water to get a good breath when you turn your head to breathe.

2008-07-28 6:45 PM
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lets see...

no i dont wear glasses/contacts.

my head position might be to blame, it could be a little off axis. i think it might be this plus neck tension just from turning and breathing so much cause i feel it in my neck.

i dont think its the googles too tight but it could very well be.

and i did happen to wear a cap for the first time just try it since i race with one. 

 

thanks or all the input guys 

2008-07-28 7:25 PM
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I've had that happen before when my swim cap was in the wrong position (i.e. it was pulling at my hair or something). Have you tried adjusting your swim cap?


2008-07-28 7:55 PM
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I get them a lot more when the pool is too warm.  The pool at my gym was about 85 degrees on a daily basis and it drove me nuts.  I ended up switching to another branch of my gym where the pool was 78-80.  It got rid of about 75% of my headaches, but I still get them now and then.

2008-07-28 7:58 PM
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I get them in highly chlorinated pools, too warm of pools, and when my cap is too tight or I swim an ultra long set.
2008-07-28 8:43 PM
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its so funny because all of these things could be the cause!

im really feeling that it might be a combination of the swim cap and my neck...

 thanks guys!

2008-07-28 8:45 PM
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I get headaches thinking about how badly I swim, but I think that's a different issue...
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