Watch your stance and steer clear of wakeboarding and water skiing injuries

by Sports Therapy And Rehabilitation, August 22, 2017

Summer is loaded with opportunities for outdoor activities, and the only problem is that it might feel like there’s not enough time to take advantage of them all. For some of you lucky enough to have a boat or a friend/family member that owns one, wakeboarding or water skiing may be your activity-of-choice. Both of these extreme sports are exciting pursuits that can also serve as an upper-body workout, but just be sure to take proper precautions to reduce your risk for injury.

By far the most common water skiing injuries are strains and sprains to the ankle. These injuries account for about one of every five water skiing injuries and occur because the feet are bound to the skis, as the impact of a fall can place a great amount of pressure on the ankles. Other common water skiing injuries include shoulder sprains, strains and dislocations, Achilles tendinitis and tendon tears, knee injuries and back pain.

In wakeboarding, the boarder’s body faces sideways instead of the straight direction of water skiing. For this reason, ankle injuries are not quite as common, while injuries to the head, neck and ACL are seen most frequently. Other common wakeboarding injuries include shoulder strains, sprains and dislocations, other knee injuries and hip injuries.

It’s impossible to completely eliminate the risk for injury in water skiing and wakeboarding, but here are some basic steps you can take to significantly lower it:

  • Use proper safety equipment and make sure the board/skis and boots/bindings are in working shape and fit properly
  • Keep a reasonable speed at all times—based on the skill level of the skier/boarder—and steer clear of other boats and people in the water
  • Make sure there is always at least one additional person on the boat aside from the driver to take the position of spotter
  • If you’re new to either sport, get some advice on how to use proper form and technique; be sure to keep your knees bent and don’t lean too far forward on water skis to avoid a fall

The risk for injury in these sports should not be a reason to hold you back from basking in the water for the remainder of the summer. Just be sure to exercise caution while doing so to avoid being sidelined with an injury. For any pain you may be experiencing from a water sport, Sports Therapy And Rehabilitation in Washington, D.C. can help. Contact us at 202-223-1737 or e-mail info@starclinic.net to schedule an appointment today, or click here for more information on water skiing or wakeboarding injuries.

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