Wipe out: watch your head

One in three surfers is likely to experience one or more surf-related injuries on any given year. The conclusion is the result of a study by the Southern Cross University involving 700 recreational surfers.


Knees, ankles, lower back and shoulders are the spots suffering more injuries while riding waves. The survey concludes that surfers need to learn more in order to avoid serious sports-related injuries.

Also, researchers found out that dehydration and excessive sun exposure resulting in skin damage keep in the top concerns in the surfing community. Paddling is seen as the main cause for problems and stress in the shoulder and lower back regions. The constant rotation of the body while riding the wave may affect knees.

Surf training and pre-surfing workouts are required to reduce the probability of injury in the water. Drinking water and avoiding alcohol drinks should be compulsory. Surf yoga postures are also very good to stretch and prepare surfers' body.

All participants in the survey said they spent 11 hours per week in summer and eight hours per week in winter surfing waves. The World Health Organization recommends five hours of moderate intensity activity per week.