Safety Tips for Summer Water Sports

One of the best things about summer for many people is the opportunity to enjoy their favorite water sports. Swimming, boating, kayaking, river rafting, paddle boarding, waterskiing, surfing, jet skiing, wake boarding, etc.—these activities are extremely fun. However, they can also be a good source for sports injuries if you are not safe and smart on the water.

Each type of water sport brings its own risks. For example, water skiers are prone to knee and ankle injuries because of the way they are connected to the skis that can be thrown in any direction with the wrong move. Back and neck (whiplash) injuries are also quite common. These are just a few examples, which is why it is so important to be careful whenever you and your family partake in any water activities.

The first thing you can focus on is injury prevention. Here are a few tips you can follow, according to the physical therapists at CORE Physical Therapy:

  1. Wear the Correct Safety Gear

Make sure to wear all the recommended safety gear (life vests, goggles, gloves, support braces, etc.) for any water sport. This will help to keep you safer on the water.

  1. Always Stretch

Just because water sports often seem like they are more fun than exercise doesn’t mean you aren’t putting your body through plenty of physical stress. Take the time to stretch and warm up before you strap on those skis, paddle out to sea or jump in the pool.

  1. Take it Easy

Be careful not to bite off more than you can chew by going too fast or taking on a water challenge beyond your skill level. You don’t have to set a water speed record to have a good time or surf a wave that you can’t handle. This kind of recklessness is a recipe for disaster.

  1. Watch the Water Conditions

Try to avoid going out on days when a lake is really choppy, ocean waves are too big or a river is running high and fast. Rougher conditions mean more likelihood of injuries such as whiplash.

  1. Know the Signs of Whiplash

Headaches, fatigue, dizziness, blurred vision and shoulder/neck pain are common signs of whiplash. If you notice any of these things, it’s best to get out of the water and go see a doctor or physical therapist soon.

  1. Act Your Age

We never want to discourage anyone from having a good time in the water, but just know that the older you get the more you are at risk of injury. It’s just a simple fact, so again don’t push yourself beyond what your body can handle.

If you do experience sports injuries or chronic joint or muscle pain after water sports, there is treatment available. Physical therapy can do wonders to get your body right again and back on the road to recovery. CORE Physical Therapy is here to help you with all your physical therapy and natural treatment needs, and we can also help with diet, exercise and stretching plans to keep you fit and avoiding injuries in the first place. Contact CORE today for more information or to schedule a consultation.

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