Water Sports Injury Prevention


  • 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.

Wake up your workout routine with triathlonsTodd Reiger was 33 years old when he had his first heart attack. Within three years, he had a second and then a third.

“I had a pretty hectic schedule,” Reiger said. “I wasn’t exercising and I wasn’t eating right. After the third heart attack, my cardiologist told me if I didn’t start taking care of myself, I was going to run out of lives, even if I had nine of them.”

Encouraged by his wife, he joined a health club and began working out regularly. But it wasn’t long before he became bored with the routine. When a trainer at the gym suggested he participate in a local triathlon, Reiger decided to give it a shot.

Here’s how to find fun and adventure off the beaten course

Golf widows take heart — if you’re visiting the lowcountry april 13-19 with a fairway fanatic but couldn’t care less about the Verizon Heritage yourself, there’s plenty to see and do that doesn’t require a club or a tee time.

Here are some suggestions:

Check out Monthly’s top 10 where and how kayaking guide.

Kayaking in the LowcountryIt’s time to drag the dusty kayaks out of the garage and hit the local waters. The only problem: There are so many serene settings to choose from, where should you start? A couple of local kayak specialists — north and south of Broad Creek — offer up their favorite paddling places, as well as tips to get you started this season.

  1. Broad Creek
    Carlos Chacon, the natural history manager at the Coastal Discovery Museum, puts Shelter Cove Marina at the top of his list because of its location — roughly the middle of Broad Creek. “This means that when you enter the creek, you can always choose to go against the tide and use the tide on your way back,” he said.
  2. The best paddling time
    Choose the best time of the day, week and season for the ultimate Lowcountry experience. For starters, try kayaking early in the morning for heightened bird activity and during the week when there are less boats on the water, Chacon said.

Friday and Sunday, Jan. 9 & 11 – 7- and 8-year-old players
Friday and Sunday, Jan. 16 & 18 – 11-and 12-year-old players
The opening games of Beaufort County Parks and Leisure Services (PALS) Bluffton Youth Basketball League, which were played Monday, Jan. 5, are scheduled for broadcast on The County Channel, a service of Beaufort County Council.

Ninth annual Candy Cane Classic benefits Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island.

This handmade Candy Cane Classic Santa is a one-of-a-kind item specially created by Nancy Butts for the event.The Sea Pines Country Club hosts the ninth annual Candy Cane Classic on Dec. 6.

Golfers and tennis players can enjoy fun and fellowship while contributing to the programs of the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island.

“This gives me the chance to play golf for a great cause,” said tennis great Stan Smith, a member of the board of the Boys & Girls Club. “Tennis is my life, and each time I play golf I realize just how lucky I am to be proficient at tennis!”

More than 140 golfers will join together at the event sponsored by Beacon Insurance Group for a continental breakfast, a round of golf, a luncheon buffet and a fabulous auction. Tennis players will enjoy a double round robin, luncheon buffet and auction too. The cost for golfers is $155 including golf cart, range balls, all meals, beverages, hole in one, prize drawings and mulligans. The tennis entry fee is $100 per person and includes doubles round robin, luncheon buffet, auction and beverages.

Outsiders may see the game of croquet as an old-fashioned sport, something from a black-and-white movie on TMC, according to Otto Wahlrab, the South Carolina liason for the United States Croquet Association. But for serious players, picking up a three-pound mallet and whacking a ball through a metal wicket is as competitive as it gets.

Wahlrab and about 60 other croquet players will compete in the Coastal Croquet Clubs’ (CCC) Sixth Annual Fall Invitational Tournament October 13-19 at club venues on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton. CCC chairman Stan Abrahamson said he expects an even bigger turnout this year, partly due to the new courts at Sun City and Palmetto Bluff.

footballThe South represents many things to many people. Some say it is characterized by sweet tea, shagging and football. As the summer comes to an end, and you begin to pack away your beach chairs and towels, don’t forget to pull out your tailgating and football fan gear because football season has finally arrived in the Lowcountry! Although you’ll have to travel out of state to attend an NFL game, you can spend Friday nights scouting out local talent at a high school game or head to your favorite sports bar to cheer your team on.

Local high schools are gearing up for a great season this year. Bluffton High School has been working on both sides of the ball, and their seven returning starters on defense will help them fend off opponents. Hilton Head High School only lost three starters from last year’s offense and they are hoping to make it back to the playoffs this year.