Surfing Injuries – They can be prevented!

Jun 08


Risk of significant injury doubles for a surfer in his 40s or later when compared to a surfer younger than 20 years of age.

The older, more advanced, and braver (big surf) you are, the more likely you are to incur a significant injury.

The majority of injuries happen in smaller surf. Surfing in overhead waves increases the risk of severe injuries.

The occurrence of significant injury is twice as likely in overhead surf as in waves that are waist high or smaller.

Take off and tube riding are the maneuvers that most commonly lead to injury.



• Fractures

• Lumbar Sprain

• Cervical Damage

• Dislocated Shoulders

• Knee and Ankle Injuries

• Head Trauma

• Overuse Injuries Are Common To The Shoulders, Neck, Back and Elbow



• Flexibility is very important to both injury prevention and performance.

• Incorporating training techniques and tools that focus on body posture, positioning and core strength. Proper technique is key to preventing muscle injuries.

• Mobility allows your muscles and joints to move easily in the water.

• Stability gives your muscles and nervous system coordination and protect your joints, while allowing you to move quickly and efficiently with fluidity.

• Strength provides the power to paddle, pop up and perform maneuvers.

• Endurance is key. The more you paddle out, the more endurance you build.

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