Retrospective analysis of chronic injuries in recreational and competitive surfers: Injury location, type, and mechanism

James Furness, Wayne Hing, Allan Abbott, Joe Walsh, Jeremy M. Sheppard, Mike Climstein

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Abstract

Only two studies have reported on chronic musculoskeletal surfing injuries. They found over half of the injuries were non-musculoskeletal, but did not consider mechanisms of injury. This study identified the location, type, and mechanisms of chronic injury in Australian recreational and competitive surfers using a crosssectional retrospective observational design. A total of 1,348 participants (91.3% males, 43.1% competitive surfers) reported 1,068 chronic injuries, 883 of which were classified as major. Lower back (23.2%), shoulder (22.4%), and knee (12.1%) regions had the most chronic injuries. Competitive surfers had significantly (p < .05) more lower back, ankle/foot, and head/face injuries than recreational surfers. Injuries were mostly musculoskeletal with only 7.8% being of non-musculoskeletal origin. Prolonged paddling was the highest frequency (21.1%) for mechanism of injury followed by turning maneuvers (14.8%). The study results contribute to the limited research on chronic surfing injuries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-287
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Aquatic Research and Education
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Retrospective analysis of chronic injuries in recreational and competitive surfers : Injury location, type, and mechanism. / Furness, James; Hing, Wayne; Abbott, Allan; Walsh, Joe; Sheppard, Jeremy M.; Climstein, Mike.

In: International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, Vol. 8, No. 3, 2014, p. 277-287.

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