As sports go, few put as much stress and strain on the body as sailing. You’re constantly pulling this, pushing that, twisting your body and battling against the strength of mother nature. Add to that the fact that you are often doing all of this on the surface of some very deep water, and it’s easy to see why sailing is not considered a sport for the faint-hearted.
Despite its risks, sailing is a thrilling, often unforgettable, experience. It’s a fantastic way to explore the sea and discover some breath-taking views, providing you don’t’ get injured of course.
What are the top 5 sailing injuries?
Anyone who has sailed for a significant number of years will tell you they have suffered from at least one of the following sailing injuries:
- Bruises – By far and away the most common of all sailing injuries, the potential causes of bruises on a boat are almost too many to count. Slips, trips and falls are the most common ways bruises are incurred.
- Hand injuries – From rope burns and fractures to dislocations and lacerations, the fingers of experienced sailors have been through a lot. The most common cause of hand injuries on a sailing boat is getting your hands caught in the line, whilst wrongly releasing a tense line can also cause significant damage.
- Back injuries – As mentioned, sailing puts your body in a lot of awkward positions. The repeated strain on your back can cause painful problems, particularly from activities like operating the winch, which necessitates adopting a hunched position.
- Sunburn – It may be wet, it may even be cold, but sunburn is a very real threat to sailors. When sailing a boat, you are likely to have at least a million and one things on your mind, including avoiding the more obvious sailing injuries, but forgetting to apply sunscreen will leave you sore and potentially ill.
- Head injuries – The aforementioned boom really is a serious health hazard. Sailing requires regular crossing underneath the boom. Extreme caution, and protective headgear is strongly advised.
Claiming for a sailing accident
Sailing is a very popular holiday activity. If you are injured in an accident on holiday that wasn’t your fault, remember you may be due financial compensation for your injuries. A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 can get you started. So get in touch with us today!
Date Published: February 23, 2017
Author: Accident Advice