5 Steps to Prevent Wakeboarding Injuries
Feeling excited about the warm weather and the beginning of the wakeboarding season? If so, you’re not alone. Over 3.4 million Canadians have tried water skiing and wakeboarding at least once. The downside is that many of them got injured. ACL tears, muscle strains, and concussions are common among wake boarders.
So what’s the key to staying safe so you can enjoy your experience to the fullest? Follow these five steps to prevent wakeboarding injuries:
One of the most common reasons why wakeboards get injured so often is that they’re not paying attention to their surroundings. Men, in particular, are more interested in impressing their friends and waving to the girls.
This sport requires balance and coordination. Since you’re moving at top speeds, it’s crucial to stay focused. If you’re a newbie, stick to 40 miles per hour or less. Listen to your body and don’t go overboard.
Protect Your Knees
Wakeboarding poses a high risk of injury to the knees. Common mistakes, such as keeping your legs straight or locking the knees, further increase injury risk. To stay safe, keep your knees bent at all times.
If you’ve had knee injuries in the past, talk with a physiotherapist. He will assess your physical condition, including your joints and ligaments, to ensure you’re ready for this sport. On top of that, he can develop an exercise plan to strengthen the muscles surrounding your knees.
Wakeboard during the Daytime
When it’s dark outside, it can be difficult to visualize your surroundings and spot hazards in the water. Sure, it’s fun to go wakeboarding at night, but is it worth the risk? It takes just one injury to keep you in bed for weeks or even months. Stay safe by wakeboarding during the daytime.
Wear a Helmet
Believe it or not, wearing a helmet could save your life. After all, there are plenty of bits and bobs to hit your head on. Choose one that’s specially designed for wakeboarding. Make sure it fits the size of your head and boasts a dial adjustable system. Ideally, look for one with ventilation holes, fidlock chin closure, and detachable mesh pads.
Get in Shape
Before you even start thinking about hitting the water, take the steps needed to get in shape. Do a mix of exercises that strengthen your muscles, especially the quads, hamstrings, calves, and glutes. Compound movements, such as the squat and straight leg deadlifts, improve lower body strength and enhance core stability.