In sunny Southern California, there’s an almost endless array of outdoor activities to keep us occupied. When the temperature heats up, a lot of these activities include water sports. Yet even the most mellow of these sports, like wakeboarding, can result in a serious injury without the proper precautions.
In fact, there are a handful of water sports injuries that have become so commonplace they are worth sharing. Thousands of wakeboarders and waterskiiers are treated for injuries each year across the United States . Keeping informed about the potential risk is the first step to staying safe on the water.
By sport, here are the most common injuries:
Water-skiing: strains and sprains on the lower extremities.
Wakeboarding: lacerations to the head.
Intertubing: strains and sprains to the neck and head.
Jet Skiing: concussion, lacerations.
While this list may read like a stern warning, it is certainly not a call to ban all water sports. Yet knowing the risks associated with each one can help better identify what to expect before a day on the water. If you can anticipate it, you will be far more likely to avoid it.
For more information, check out our post on boosting your boating and water safety smarts.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a boating or personal watercraft accident, please contact us or give us a call at 800-676-5295 for a free consultation.