Not being able to surf due to a surf injury is probably the worst thing to happen to a surfer when the waves are pumping. Most surfing injuries can be treated very quickly but some last for days or even months. The best thing is to try to avoid injuries altogether. Although you cannot guarantee that you will not run into other surfers or cut yourself from the reef, there are precautions you can take to avoid major physical damage.
Here are 10 tips to avoid surfing injuries:
1 WARM UP
A good warm up before every surf session is crucial. This may include a general warm up for your whole body followed by suitable stretches.
2 STAY FIT
A strong and healthy body will improve your performance, help you to recover faster and you will be less prone to injuries.
3 LOOK OUT IN THE WATER
Before you enter the water look out for the beach conditions, submerged rocks, piers, jetties and rip currents. Once you are in the water do not surf too close to other surfers and try to keep an eye on the weather to locate jellyfish and other sea creatures.
4 POST STRETCH
Try to make a habit of a good post session stretch routine to get the contracted muscle groups back to their normal length. It will also help to alleviate potential soreness.
Breathing properly will calm you down, relax your body and tighten your focus. These are good things when you are surfing.Try to breathe deep through your nose in between sets. It will contribute positively to your health.
6 GOOD NUTRITION
Take care of what you put into your body. Stack up on fruits, veggies and whole grains. You will feel better, recover faster and your energy levels will increase.
7 WEAR SUNSCREEN
Always wear sunblock (30+). The sun can seriously damage your skin or make you feel dizzy and nauseous. This can cause all sorts of trouble when you are in the water.
8 USE THE RIGHT GEAR
Get expert advice when using or buying a surfboard. Always wear your leash and consider flexible fins and a nose guard for your board.
9 RESPECT THE ETIQUETTE
The most important ‘rules’ in surfing are the surf etiquette. Learn it, memorize it and respect it.
10 SURF WAVES YOU CAN HANDLE
Always be aware about your ability and never enter into conditions you cannot handle. You will be putting yourself and others at risk.