I am not talking about how they look, more how they work.
In my younger years, I would run and row and step and generally work them hard.
They didn’t like it so after several operations and a lot of physio, I had to look at how best to protect them.
Cycling is fine, walking on the beach is great and then there is my new love of surfing.
I am in the water, so this must be fine, no?
Well, I asked the guys over at, CTi Knee Braces, how best I can look after my joints, and the rest of my body, as I catch those waves to make sure I (we) stay safe……
Surfing is an immensely popular sport that is practiced all over the world. However, as with any sport, there are several risks you need to be aware of before taking to the water so that you can make the most of what can be a thrilling and exhilarating activity. Here, CTi Knee Braces, an injury management specialist that provides performance bracing for sports enthusiasts, takes you through the dangers and how you can prevent them from dampening your efforts.
Unnatural pressure on the body
Surfing puts a lot of pressure on your body, in particular on your knees, and injuries can range from minor damage that requires a few days of rest to ones that can put you out of action for a considerable period of time, or even permanently.
Generally, knee injuries are caused as a result of overuse – where you have pushed your body too far, resulting in a strain. To prevent this from causing long-lasting damage, you need to be aware of what your body is trying to tell you and stop what you’re doing if you begin to feel any pain. Resting is an important part of any sport as it allows your body to recover from the pressures you’ve put it through.
Injuries from equipment
You can’t surf without your board; however, due to its size and heftiness, it can become a danger if you fall off it – particularly if a large wave forces the board into you. Injuries sustained by surfboards include lacerations and bruising, and they can be serious if the board hits you with considerable force. When you’re heading out into the water with your board, whether you’re paddling out or kicking out of a wave, it’s important to make sure that you handle it with care and are aware of its movements.
Due to the nature of the sport, surfing is incredibly tiring as you’re not able to take a break between sets of huge waves. The exhaustion from hard paddling as you push through the waves can be overwhelming and lead to deadly accidents. If you begin to feel tired, you should get out of the water and rest up.
Wipeouts and collisions
Many surfers, regardless of their skill, are likely to suffer from a wipeout. On the whole, this will not be a concern as the water will break your fall and you’ll learn over time how to get back on the board quickly. However, there are many obstacles beneath the surface, such as rocks, buoys and even other surfers, that could pose a threat.
Depending on the speed of the impact, injuries from collisions can range from minor lacerations and muscle strain to fractures and broken bones. There are many techniques you can learn to avoid collisions, as well as specialist equipment, such as braces, that you can buy to prevent ligaments and muscles from straining and tearing.
What should I do if I am injured?
Following any injury, it is important to stop what you’re doing and rest. If you’re in pain, you should apply ice to the affected area to help reduce any inflammation. It may be tempting to ignore the pain and keep surfing but this can cause further damage, which may result in more treatment and a longer period out of the water.
Rest is vital in the first few days after sustaining an injury, as it allows the initial symptoms to settle down. However, if there are not any signs of improvement, you should seek a professional diagnosis as medical treatment may be necessary.
Despite the hazards involved in surfing, it is generally a safe sport and despite being physically demanding, will help to improve your strength and stamina.
Do keep coming back for more surfing stories, interviews, and all things wave-related as I do believe The Rebel Pebble has found her place again in the world of blogging.