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Subject: beginner swimmer
I am training for my first triathlon. When I swim, I get a severe headache which lasts about 15 minutes. Has anyone experienced this?

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2006-08-15 10:01 PM
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I can't say I have had the same problem, but are you breathing enough? How far are you swimming before you get the headache? How long are you swimming? How often do you take breaths?

And since I can't resist... Make sure you turn around at the wall and not swim into it head first :-)
2006-08-15 10:08 PM
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I'd second both suggestions. Sounds like you should breathe more and don't hit the wall
2006-08-15 10:17 PM
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Are you guys serious about the wall? Why would you tell a new swimmer not to hit the wall. If your really new to swimming and you are having headaches you need to have some one look at your swimming. Are you holding your breathe? Do you know how to properly exhale under the water and then take a breathe ( Inhale). I would have some one go to the pool with you and help you figure out what is going on. You may need a swim coach to see what you are doing.
Severe headaches is not good. You shouldn't be having headaches. You might need to get checked out by a Doctor. Let me know how you are doing..................I wouldn't continue to swim with headaches like that. Don't swim with headaches....................I hope that helps.............

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2006-08-16 3:40 AM
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are you totaly relaxed while swimming? tension and improper breathing could cause headaches. i suspect it is lack of proper technique.

now when you mention it, i had some mild headaches when i started, it was becouse i was so tensed. and maybe my first swimming cap was too tight. anyhow those days i couldn't lean onto water, i couldn't let the watter support me fully. i learned how to be buoyant and relax (and how to swim better) with help of drills described on Total Immersion DVD and book.

...please don't swim with headache...

2006-08-16 8:20 AM
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To be completely honest, your goggles might be too tight also. I'll occaisionally get a bad headache after a swim with tight goggles.


2006-08-16 9:10 AM
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I would also think that if you're neck alignment is not right you could get a headache from nerve impingement.

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2006-08-16 10:50 AM
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I've gotten headaches from swimming too, usually when doing flip turns and the like.  It seems to be related to sinuses and/or inner ear problems.  If it's really bad, dizziness is often present.  Ironically, swimming more seems to help alleviate it for me.

2006-08-16 10:57 AM
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bmacdona - 2006-08-15 10:01 PM

And since I can't resist... Make sure you turn around at the wall and not swim into it head first :-)


Its my hands that get smacked into the wall to let me know I have reached the end.
2006-08-16 12:16 PM
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Thanks for the input. I may be more advanced than I thought, because I have not hit the wall so far.
2006-08-16 12:24 PM
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newadventures - 2006-08-15 11:17 PM

Are you guys serious about the wall?


Not really.

newadventures - 2006-08-15 11:17 PM
Why would you tell a new swimmer not to hit the wall.


Because if he swims into it head first, it's gonna hurt and might cause headaches. Would you rather people recommend swimming into the wall head first? If your concern was not giving serious advice, I think you didn't finish reading the original response.


2006-08-16 12:27 PM
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I know you all were trying to be funny. It did sounded little strange...................I would hope you would stop hitting the wall after the first hit..................
2006-08-16 12:29 PM
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I knew your weren't hitting the wall..........
2006-08-16 12:32 PM
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You might want to think about ear plugs. If I get water in my ear that I can't clear out, I will have get a headache as well. Also, if when you turn to breath and you are getting water up your nose...that will do it to me everytime.
2006-08-16 12:33 PM
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Great point about the ear plug..................
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