Surfing injury

Surfers Are At Risk Of Head Injuries; Protect Yourself

Many people do not consider surfing to be a dangerous sport, however there are certain risks which you need to protect yourself against. Head injuries are one of these risks; the term includes skull fracture, concussion and bleeding in the brain. They are usually caused by hitting the head against something: one of the commonest reasons is hitting your head against your board. The tail, rails and nose are the commonest points of injury. Using a tether can sometimes catapult the board straight towards your head. You should always keep it down-wave and down-wind of yourself in order to stay safe.

Beginners often start with a board that has soft rails in order to protect themselves. They may well progress to a harder board with experience.

Rocks are a also common cause of head injuries. Keep well away unless you really know what you are doing. Kite surfing and windsurfing can put you at higher risk of a head injury. Take particular caution if you are engaging in these sports and consider wearing a helmet if there are particularly high risks.

The other common cause of head injuries are collision with other surfers and their boards. Be wary of newbies who are out of control and are zooming along in the windy conditions. Speedboats and other water vehicles can also cause serious head injuries. Listen out for them if you are in an area where there could be a problem. If you are wearing earplugs to protect yourself against surfer's ear, make sure you can hear boats coming. You could try these from

Many surfers are reluctant when it comes to wearing a helmet. This is often due to the fear of having the mickey taken out of them by their friends. Unfortunately, it is the only way to really protect yourself against head injuries if you are surfing in a dangerous area. Recently several pro-surfers have been seen wearing a helmet. Hopefully this will reduce the stigma attached.

If you have any signs of a head injury and have hit your head you should seek medical advice immediately. Signs and symptoms include headache, vomiting, nausea, visual problems, seizures, confusion and drowsiness.

Summary. Surfers are at risk of head injuries. Certain situations are more dangerous than others. Be aware of the risks and consider wearing a helmet if there are particular dangers in your area. Make sure you can hear speedboats and other water vehicles coming.

This article is not to be used as medical advice. Seek the advice of a doctor if you have a head injury.

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