The Science and Culture of Surfing

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Chapter 7: Surf Medicine
Author: Dr James Furness, Bond University (Committed)

Surfing often results in a range of cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health benefits, given the intermittent nature of riding waves and continuous paddling bouts. Surfers often seek coastal environments from coral reefs to ice-bound locations providing potential injury risk. While drowning is the most catastrophic negative outcome for surfers, a larger range of other injuries also occur as people make unintentional contact with either their equipment or the sea floor. This chapter will provide an overview of the medicine of surfing and explore some of the unique injuries that occur.