Surf Life Saving & Common Injuries
With the Life Saving Victoria competition season kicking off next month, we thought we’d share some of the latest information on injury prevention in a sport where the demands on the body are quite unique…
The University of New South Wales conducted a research report in 2012 to describe the epidemiology of competition and training-based surf sport-related injury in Australia.
So, what did this report tell us?
- There were 2,645 surf sport-related competition or training-related incidents
- Older individuals experienced a higher proportion of injuries during training than younger
- Inflatable rescue boats (IRB), beach flags, and surf boats were the most common activities inducing injury…
Injury Type – sprains (16.0%), strains (15.3%), bruising/contusion (12.4%), inflammation/swelling (12.3%), fractures (10.3%), and dislocations (10.1%)
One study found that IRB foot straps are directly related to the incidence of foot and ankle injuries (often lisfranc fracture dislocations of the midfoot and ankle fracture variants). 86% of injuries sustained are to the crew-person, not the driver.
Injury Type – fractures (19.9%), sprains (16.5%), strains (14.6%), inflammation/swelling (14.2%) and bruising/contusions (13.1%)
Injury Type – bruising/contusions (25.3%), open wounds/lacerations/cuts (19.1%) and inflammation/swelling (13.2%)