Hi, I'm 15 and a competitive swimmer. I took a couple weeks off swimming, and then started up again. Recently during practices I feel pain in my chest. It doesn't go away when I stop swimming, either. When I move certain ways or sometimes when I breathe out, I feel it. I don't understand what's going on or if maybe I'm just out of shape. Can anyone give me some ideas?
What you are describing sounds like muscle, not heart related. Children your age aren't old enough to have heart disease that causes most types of chest pain. Those that do have heart disease that causes true chest pain (and that's extrememly rare) have structural problems with the heart walls, If you had that problem, you wouldn't be swimming, let alone competitive swimming. If you have taken a few weeks off from swimming, you may have pulled muscles in the chest wall and that's where the pain is coming from.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.