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Common Water Sports Injury

Mar 16, 2021

While water sports are not new, it appears to be that every year they get increasingly more extreme with new gadgets and accessories continually hitting the market like the inexorably famous water jet packs. The issue is that sports that can be fun and unwinding, similar to water skiing or wakeboarding, can take a sharp turn if injuries happen.

Water skiing and wakeboarding are mainstream sports with a high potential for injury because of fast boat speed, absence of defensive methods, and stream impediments. 

Surfing Injuries:

Surfing injuries can happen to most parts of the body. Cuts to the head and face and concussions are expected. Eye wounds can occur from the tip of the board hitting the surfer in the eye. Shoulder separations and knee and lower leg wounds are likewise typical.

Water Skiing Injuries:

The most well-known sort of water skiing wound is around the lower leg. Ankle sprains, ankle fractures, osteochondral sores of the bone, and Achilles tendon breaks are the most severe wounds. The skier’s lower legs are bound to the skis, so the effect of a fall can put a ton of tension on the lower leg as the skis go one way and the skier’s body the other bearing. Gashes, or deep cuts, and concussions can likewise happen.

Wake boarding Injuries:

Wakeboarders are bound to harm their head and neck, with wounds like cuts and concussions more normal. A wakeboarder can get an edge, tossing them hard into the water and bashing their head. ACL wounds and ankle sprains are regular in wakeboarding.

Prevention of Injury:

Stay hydrated: 

The musculoskeletal framework work best when they are hydrated. Drying out prompts muscle squeezing, strains or tears; a mix of water and electrolyte drinks is ideal.

Stretch: 

Stretching expands the scope of movement and forestalls injury and muscle strains. This is particularly significant given the high rate of hamstring strains.

Water safety: 

Wear a life jacket at whatever point anyone is on or in the water. Indeed, even the best swimmers and competitors can get exhausted. Everyone realises that a life jacket is required when riding in a boat or on a fly ski. Coast Guards have verified that even phenomenal paddleboard riders need life jackets.

Know your limits: 

Waterskiing, wakeboarding, kiteboarding and riding all take practice. Go slowly and increment the power at a consistent speed.

Wear a helmet: 

Contingent upon the game, wear protective headwear to stay away from a head injury, protected and secure against head wounds and concussions.

Take a break: 

If the sportsperson has an injury or a muscle strain, ease off or stop altogether, so the damage has the opportunity to mend.

Sports Rehabilitation:

Contingent upon the seriousness and area of the injuries, if it’s not getting better, consider going to see a physical therapist. When the physical therapist distinguishes the underlying root cause of the issue, an arrangement of care can be set up, finding a way to address the weaknesses and reducing the danger of developing a more severe injury.

  • Pain Management 
  • Flexibility and Joint ROM 
  • Strength and Endurance 
  • Proprioception and Coordination 
  • Functional Rehabilitation 
  • The use of Orthotics 
  • Psychology of Injury

Water sports can be a great source of fun and health yet can likewise lead to physical injury. Overuse injuries are common in both recreational and competitive sports activities for all ages. Hence, consulting a physiotherapist before and after sports is beneficial.

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