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Tips to Prevent Cramps and the Most Common Injuries in Surfing

by Jessica Merrel Writer

With our human body consisting of 320 pairs of muscles, any of these can cramp at any time with cramps in surfing being very common, especially in cold waters. You can significantly reduce the chances of getting calf cramps while surfing through flexibility, hydration and adequate nutrition.

Cramping seems to arrive without warning, which can be frustrating as cramps can destroy the perfect surf session. Hyperflexion, lack of oxygen, drastic changes in body temperature, metabolic disturbances, dehydration, low blood salt, gastroenteritis, and even menstruation can all create painful, stiffened muscles or rapid muscle contractions or surf cramps.

Tips to avoid cramps during surfing:

1.   Drink plenty of fresh water and make sure your body has enough sodium and potassium. A simple salted biscuit can add to your sodium levels whereas bananas and melons can boost potassium levels in your body.

2.   Nutrition alone isn’t enough, physical exercise on a regular basis is very important. When talking about regular surfers, warming-up before hitting the water is very important- one or two sessions per week will get your body ready for greater demands.

3.   Work on your flexibility to ensure a greatly reduced amount of cramping. Stretch out and complete a few pre-surf exercises prior to hitting cold waters. Stretch again after surfing so that the muscles relax and can heal. Some of the main muscle areas affected by cramps include legs, arms, feet and back muscles with calf muscle and foot cramps being the most common and painful among surfers.

In extreme surfing conditions, if you suffer an uncomfortable cramp, instead of panicking try to stay calm and stretch the affected muscle gently. You can either call for help or try to paddle towards the beach with the help of waves. Taking San Clemente surf lessons can prove to be highly beneficial. San Clemente is known for its consistent surf spots and is one of Orange County’s real-deal surf towns. San Clemente is considered the “home” of many word class surfers.

Common Injuries in Surfing:

There are no two ways about surfing being a safe sport. But, as in any other sport or physical activity, injuries can happen. Occurrence of injuries can be attributed to the fact that surfers are constantly in contact with water and with their boards, near sandy or rocky obstacles. Accidents can happen in any size turf but there are a few ways you can minimize your risk of getting hurt:

1.   Perform pre-surf workouts that can go a long way to getting the body in shape for knocks and sudden muscle and joint movement and can also help you avoid things like lumbar sprains, cervical damage, dislocated shoulders, knee and ankle injuries.

2.   It is the surfboard that causes the severe surf injuries. The fins, the nose, the tail and the rail can hit you in your head, eyes, lips or ears which can lead to pain and blood. This highlights the importance of handling the surfboard with great amount of care.

3.   You can easily avoid lacerations not only with the protection of a good wetsuit but also by practicing risk avoidance when near a jetty or in a reef break.

4.   Cramps are also very common, particularly if you’re surfing big waves. Stay calm and ask for help if you cramp up.

Look up the internet or consult experts on ways to reduce the probability of having severe injuries while surfing. It is also advisable to start your surf training program.

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