Surfing is a popular sport in Hawaii that provides a full-body workout in addition to a way to enjoy the ocean. However, like other physical activities, it has the potential to lead to sports injuries. Learn how to prevent some of the most common injuries with the following tips.
3 Surfing Sports Injuries & How to Prevent Them
1. Spine Injuries
The spine, especially the lower back, receives a lot of strain and impact during surfing. Paddling and continually twisting to one side can stiffen the lower back muscles and misalign the lumbar vertebrae. Additionally, big wave wipeouts can cause back sprain from hitting the water. Prevent back issues with regular yoga, stretching, massage, and chiropractic adjustments.
2. Head Trauma
Colliding with a board, rocks, sand, or reef may result in concussions and face and jaw fractures. Though there’s no guaranteed way to prevent these types of accidents, especially for those who are learning or riding dangerous breaks, you can still prepare yourself with safety gear. Soft top surfboards are less likely to cause injury. Helmets for shallow reef breaks are also a good idea, particularly for kids.
3. Shoulder Injuries
The repetitive motion of paddling over years or poor technique in new surfers can result in rotator cuff damage or shoulder tendinitis. Extensive damage here may require expensive surgeries.
Learn to paddle properly, and take the time to stretch before and after a session. Focus on arm, shoulder, and upper back stretches. Also, address injuries when they happen; don’t tough it out.
For surfing sports injury treatment in Honolulu, see Luke Chiropractic & Sports Injury. Dr. Luke has over 30 years of chiropractic care and health wellness experience to treat spinal issues, knee and shoulder pain, and soft tissue injuries. Call (808) 591-2400 to make an appointment, or visit the website to see a full range of services.