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Tips for Preventing Water Sport Injuries

As the weather starts to warm up, people begin to flock for water at their local beach or lake for outdoor activities and fun under the sun.  Every year, there seems to be some new device or accessory that increases the diversity of what you can do on the water. Because of that, water sports have always carried significant health risks and can be very dangerous when the correct safety steps are not taken to make sure they are safe.

Know Your Limits

The first way to be safer on the water is to know your own limits.  Watching someone water ski can make it seem easy, these types of sports are very taxing on the body.  It is suggested that before doing any water sport activity, you know the basic fundamentals of how to do it correctly to avoid any unnecessary risks.

Make Sure to Warm Up

Next, you need to make sure you warm up. It’s easy to look at water sports and think of it as good harmless fun. In reality, while they are fun, these types of sports are very taxing on the body and translate as an extreme workout.  By just taking a few moments to stretch before starting, you wake up your central nervous system and let it know that you are about to put stress on that body.

Suppose there is not any room to stretch, jump in the water and just swim for a few moments. Something is better than nothing. The same principle would apply to go on a run. You never want to start a run without having done some kind of warm-up or stretch. Taking this simple step will dramatically decrease your chance of getting an injury.

Safety Equipment

The next step you can take is to make sure you wear the correct safety equipment when engaging with water sports. A life jacket is vital before doing anything. For example, if you were tubing on a lake and you sustained a serious injury to your leg, you would have a serious problem tending to that injury while keeping yourself afloat. Having a life jacket on can be critical to your overall safety in the water.

Wearing a helmet is a very smart decision when doing a water sport. A lot of water sports are done at high speeds, which can have significant impacts on your body. Protecting your head in this type of environment is something you should always make a priority.

Buddy System

Lastly, you should always remember the buddy system when doing water sports—having someone present that has any experience in water rescue or first aid can drastically improve your chances of getting through any type of water sports injury. A lot of accidents happen on the water that you may not be able to control, so having someone there that can react at a moment’s notice will help any type of situation on the water.

Speak with an Orthopedic Specialist Today

Are you suffering from a recent injury? Make an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists today to start your healing journey. OrthoArizona has nearly two dozen offices throughout the Valley, each focused on quality care, compassion, and excellent customer service. Since 1994, OrthoArizona has been dedicated to compassionate care of the highest quality.

The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and are not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational, medical material.