Professional surfers injuries

  • Nathanson A. e col
High relevance study

Location: Department of Emergency Medicine, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, the Injury Providence, Rhode Island, Daytona Beach Family Medicine, Daytona Beach, Florida, the Kaena Kai Clinic, Haleiwa, Hawaii, and the Kaiser Permanente Emergency Department, Honolulu, Hawaii)

Source: The American Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol. 35, No. 1 DOI: 10.1177 / 0363546506293702 © 2007 American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine

Objective: Calculate an accurate injury rate for surfing competitive and describe the relative frequency, mechanisms and of risk for acute injuries of the surf.

Study Design: Descriptive epidemiological study. Methods: This prospective study of competitive acute surfing was conducted in 32 amateur and professional surf competitions in several places between 1999 and 2005. All acute injuries suffered during the competition were registered by medical personnel on site. The size of the wave, the type of sea floor and the number of Surfing batteries were also recorded for each day. The number total number of injuries was divided by the total number of exposures of athletes to determine injury rates.

RESULTS: A total of 116 lesions were documented, of which 89 during the competition battery and the rest off the battery. There were 6.6 significant injuries per 1000 hours of surfing competitive. The risk of injury was 2.4 times higher when surfing in wave waves overhead and 2.6 times higher when surfing on a rock or reef background in relation to a background of sand. Conclusion: Competitive surfing is relatively safe when compared to other sports, with a rate of 6.6 significant injuries per 1,000 hours of competition. The most common types of acute injuries observed in the surf are sprains and lacerations, predominantly in the extremities. In this study, contact with the board resulted in in 28% of all injuries, and 18% occurred when the surfer crashed at the bottom of the ocean. The incidence of injuries is greater than double when surfing in large waves and on reefs or rocks.

Keywords: surfing; injury; water sports; injury prevention

Opinion SID: 🤙🤙🤙🤙🤙Multicéntrico. It evaluated the main mechanisms and also calculated the “injury rate” serves as a comparative method with other sports. Important remember that it was done with competitors who have a level of surfing high, probably with amateur practitioners values, would certainly be different.

SID TIP: Avoid shallow bottoms, protect yourself at the time of fall. Watch out for the board, it may be the biggest cause of your injury.