Objective: reports on nondrown- ing, sur ng-related incidents that required medical rst aid on beaches during ve summer seasons from 2007–2012.
Methods: Retrospective descriptive analysis of data from lifeguard first-aid reports from 2007-2012.
Results: 16% ( não = 1,327) of injuries were the consequence of surfing activity. More males than females were treated for surfing injuries (68% male, 31% female). Lacerations (59%) and bruising (15%) accounted for most of the injuries. The head was the most common site of injury (32%), and most injuries were caused by contact with the victim’s own board (50%).
Conclusion: Ways of promoting surf safety via equipment modi cation, the use of protective
head gear, the management of sur ng activity by lifeguards, and public education are discussed.