Incidence of sports injuries in elite competitive and recreational windsurfers

R Dyson, M Buchanan and T Hale

The objective of this study was to investigate the incidence of injury in windsurfing and to consider methods of prevention.  A total of 107 raceboard (RB) and wave/slalom (WS) national/international competitors and recreational (REC) windsurfers completed a questionnaire on injury incidence over two years.  The results showed that injury incidence was 1.5/person/year with a high incidence of new and recurrent muscular strain. Lower back muscular strain was prevalent, indicating the need for preventive measures. Wave/slalom was associated with more new and recurrent injuries and the need for head protection.

British Journal of Sports Medicine 2006, 40, 346-350.

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