In 2012, there were an estimated 1,736,00 surfers just in the United States alone. One might not typically think there is a great deal of injuries associated with surfing. But as the popularity of the sport increases and as surfers continue to establish new levels of performance it is natural to see injuries occur. Some injuries are acute (injuries that happen spontaneously) while others are chronic (slow progressive injuries).
A Hawaiian orthopedic surgeon wrote a book called “Surf Survival” in which he researched a few studies and broke down the top surf injuries as follows:
1. Lacerations (cuts)
2. Contusions (bruises)
3. Most Common Areas for Sprains & Strains
Compared with other sports, surfing is relatively safe. Contact with the surfboard, rocks, coral, or sand causes most injuries. Surfing with common sense, sunscreen, and proper equipment can help prevent injury.