HOW TO PREVENT SURF INJURIES

HOW TO PREVENT SURF INJURIES

Surfing is an intense sport with its share of risks. Performance specialist Kenny Spracklin talks about the most common injuries and shares some practical tips to help you surf up to 100 years.

Surfing is an intense sport with its share of risks. Performance specialist Kenny Spracklin talks about the most common injuries and shares some practical tips to help you surf up to 100 years.

Nobody likes to be left out because of an injury. Especially when the opportunities to practice the sport you love are limited. Having to stay at home while our friends are getting ready to go surfing is a painful experience that we do not wish on anyone. In this article in our comprehensive Surf Training Guide presented by Chocolate Milk, we asked Kenny Spracklin to share his best tips for preventing the most common surf injuries.

When it comes to physical preparation, he draws a parallel between surfing and our national sport. "If you watch the TV series that takes you behind the scenes of the Montreal Canadiens players' lives, you realize that everything is calculated: what they eat, on-ice and off-ice training, how they mentally prepare themselves before a game. This is what allows them to avoid injuries, perform night after night and ultimately have fun doing it. "This is also true for surfing, no matter if you are a beginner or an expert. Hence a formula that is both very simple and very fair:

Preparation = Performance = Pleasure

"If you've taken the time to prepare properly before playing a sport - surfing, for example - you should be able to avoid injury," says Kenny. "Unless struck or directly impacted, most injuries are caused by compensation or weakness in mechanical motion. So they can be prevented. »

If your movements are not effective or symmetrical in everyday life, it will inevitably have an impact when you get on your board. Without going into too technical a detail, let's just say that our body naturally tends to lean to one side more than the other. This forces our back, hips or knees to compensate so that we can position ourselves well to catch or surf a wave.

In the short term, this imbalance may cause slight discomfort. Over time, however, untreated injuries can degenerate into more serious problems and even prevent you from surfing. This is why it is important to consult a specialist quickly if you feel discomfort while practicing your sport.

Common surf injuries and how to prevent them

In his practice, Kenny treats a range of sports injuries. The most common pains surfers consult are back, hip, knee and ankle pain. And don't forget the shoulders!

If surfing causes you back pain, there is a good chance that it is caused by weakness in your core muscles.

"The idea of simply resting for a few days or weeks is outdated. If you really want to avoid injury, the only way to do that is to strengthen your weak spots. It's as simple as that! »


If you have knee pain, it may be because your ankles have a limited range of motion, or because your hips are not stable enough, which forces you to cheat by bending your knees inward. Both types of injuries can be corrected quite easily.

Shoulder pain, very common among surfers, is often caused by irritation from repeated movement or poor swimming technique. The good news is that this is usually remedied by activating the muscle groups that strengthen the joint.

There is no magic recipe, and each type of pain can have dozens of causes. In all cases, the best way to get a good diagnosis is to consult an athletic therapist, physiotherapist or osteopath. Your doctor will do a complete check-up and offer you a treatment adapted to