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12-01-2009, 09:01 PM
Hi, I had a fusion in August, I was formerly a competitive swimmer and I'm just starting to return to the pool. Can people who've had a spinal fusion still do flip turns and butterfly? I'm afraid to try.

12-02-2009, 06:09 AM

My daughter didn't start competitive swimming until after her fusion. Jamie could not do the butterfly, but her fusion is up very high. She is fused from
T3-L2. How long is your fusion? Jamie could not do the typical flip turn. However, I good friend of ours is also a swimmer and has a long fusion, but she can do flip turns.

Good luck. Make sure you wait until you have the okay from your doctor to start swimming.

Mary Lou

12-02-2009, 04:41 PM
I do flipturns just fine. Butterfly...not so much. I can do it, but it's akward and I don't think I could have ever competed in that stroke.

12-04-2009, 11:27 PM
My son just joined his high school swim team. His butterfly stroke isn't the greatest but he can sort of do it. He seems to be able to do flip turns just fine. I'm glad it's a relatively non-competitive sport so he can swim at his own level.

I bet you'll do well once you get used to the feeling of your new spine in the water.

Have fun and good luck with all of it.

12-11-2009, 12:28 AM
I would be careful of bending (flipping) in the pool, esp since your fusion is still healing. I find that it's more comfortable to turn around rather than flip.