Hi, my son - aged 9 - has been saying for a while now (several months) that it's painful to do breast stroke swimming as it hurts his chest - he says it feels like his lungs feel under too much pressure - he prefers to swim on his back, also front crawl seems fine. It's just lying on his front doing the breast stroke movements and feeling flat in the water that hurt him and he says he feels scared he won't be able to breathe.
I've said does it feel like he needs his blue inhaler and he says it's not that kind of feeling.
Does anyone have something similar - I'm wondering if it's do with asthma?
He really loves swimming, we go twice a week when we can.
he does have a Harrisons sulcus chest (a kind of groove the bottom part of the chest; has had it for years) - could this be a reason why he can't do that stroke?
Will be really grateful for any info anyone may have.