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Retrospective analysis of chronic injuries in recreational and competitive surfers: Injury location, type, and mechanism
International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education
  • James Furness, Bond University
  • Wayne Hing, Bond University
  • Allan Abbott, Bond University
  • Joe Walsh, Bond University
  • Jeremy Sheppard, Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance
  • Mike Climstein, Bond University
Date of this Version
9-1-2014
Document Type
Journal Article
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Furness, J. Hing, W., Abbott, A., Walsh, J., Sheppard, J.M., & Climstein, M. (2014). Retrospective Analysis of Chronic Injuries in Recreational and Competitive Surfers: Injury Location, Type, and Mechanism. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 8, 277-287.

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2014 HERDC Submission

Abstract
Only two studies have reported on chronic musculoskeletal surfing injuries. They found over half of the injuries were non-musculoskeletal, but did not consider mechanisms of injury. This study identified the location, type, and mechanisms of chronic injury in Australian recreational and competitive surfers using a crosssectional retrospective observational design. A total of 1,348 participants (91.3% males, 43.1% competitive surfers) reported 1,068 chronic injuries, 883 of which were classified as major. Lower back (23.2%), shoulder (22.4%), and knee (12.1%) regions had the most chronic injuries. Competitive surfers had significantly (p < .05) more lower back, ankle/foot, and head/face injuries than recreational surfers. Injuries were mostly musculoskeletal with only 7.8% being of non-musculoskeletal origin. Prolonged paddling was the highest frequency (21.1%) for mechanism of injury followed by turning maneuvers (14.8%). The study results contribute to the limited research on chronic surfing injuries.
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James Furness, Wayne Hing, Allan Abbott, Joe Walsh, et al.. "Retrospective analysis of chronic injuries in recreational and competitive surfers: Injury location, type, and mechanism" International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education (2014) ISSN: 1932-9997
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