Get wet and wild, but keep it safe

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Water Sports Injury Prevention

Surfing

  • Bow bumpers or rounded front ends may prevent head and eye impact injuries.
  • Use caution in the shore break (small but powerful waves close to shore).
  • Chronic low back and shoulder pain are common. Cross training, flexibility and core strength help with these problems.
  • A leash can prevent your board from hitting others should you fall.

Kiteboarding

  • Lessons with a “certified” instructor are encouraged.
  • Newer equipment is safer and worth the expense.
  • Watch for approaching storms and gusty winds.
  • Bystander safety is critical. Keep a safe distance between you and beachgoers.

Wakeboarding and Waterskiing

  • Know the location of sand bars and oyster beds.
  • Participants should use an approved life vest.
  • Head injuries, including concussions and lacerations are common. Using a helmet is encouraged, in particular with advanced maneuvers.
  • A spotter in the boat allows the driver to focus on one thing: driving the boat.

Kayaking

  • Proper lifting techniques when transporting the boat help avoid back strains.
  • With the low back in mind it is also important to stretch your hamstrings and maintain good paddling posture. Utilize core muscles to prevent shoulder and elbow overuse.
  • Wear protective shoes if you are near any oysters and a visible hat or life vest so boaters easily see you.


Important for All Water Activities

  • Wearing sunscreen prevents excessive sun exposure. Some rash guards have built in SPF qualities and help prevent jellyfish stings as well.
  • Oyster cuts can be surprisingly deep and should be checked by a physician.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Knowing the tides and weather is important for all water sports.
  • Always let someone know your plans on the water or have a friend join you in the fun.