Yesterday I had two clients with neck injuries who were keen swimmers. They used to use swimming as their main exercise and had helped them maintain their weight. Due to turning their head in swimming front crawl they were unable to swim as it was too painful.
I had an idea – with my experience of working with the British Modern Pentathlon team, for which swimming is one of their events, I had seen athletes training with an ‘in-line snorkel’. This allows them to keep their head straight in the water and still breath. The advantage over a normal snorkel is that it goes straight up and doesn’t get in the way when brining your arms over in the crawl stroke. There is a company called Finis who produce these and are widely available online.
I have recommended these to my clients and I will see how they get on.