Surfing may look like a comparatively easy and safe water sport to participate in. In reality, however, dealing with waves and finely tuned surfing boards, as well as rocks, reefs, hard seafloors and all sorts of other risks means injuries whilst surfing are fairly common.
Common injuries whilst surfing
The most common injuries while surfing include:
- Lacerations, especially to the hands and feet
- Head and neck injuries, including fractures of the teeth, jaw, face and skull, cervical spine fractures, and concussions
- Eye injuries
- Shoulder strains
Common causes of injuries whilst surfing include collisions with:
- The nose, rails or fins of a surfboard
- Other surfers
- Submerged rocks, hard sand sea floors or coral reefs
Shoulder strains are typically the result of overuse or sudden, awkward movements. Lack of experience or attempts to perform actions exceeding existing levels of ability often contribute to surfing-related accidents.
Preventing injuries whilst surfing
Many injuries whilst surfing can be prevented by:
- Never trying to perform actions exceeding your level of ability and experience
- Using soft tip, soft fin, or soft top surfboards
- Wearing safety helmets, boots and gloves
Getting injured by slips, trips and falls while getting your surfing gear together or when having a break in a nearby cafe are, by the way, just as likely to happen as it is to sustain an injury while participating in this exciting water sport.
You can prevent injuries by tripping, slipping or falling by minding your step and reporting any potential slip, trip or fall hazards to relevant authorities.
If you were injured while surfing or as the result of a trip, slip or fall and someone else was responsible for your injury, there is a good chance that you may qualify for a personal injury claim. This applies to accidents while surfing as well as accidents on the beach.
Accident Advice Helpline
We established our law firm in 2000 with the aim to help people get the personal injury compensation they are rightly entitled to. Boasting an impressive success record, we have since helped thousands of victims of trips, slips and falls, surfing and other beach accidents. We can help you, too.
All you have to do to get our in-house solicitors assigned to your case is to call our 24/7 freephone advice line on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Speaking to an advisor will place you under no obligation to pursue a claim and any details you may provide will be treated with strict confidentiality.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice