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Furness, J., HIng, W., Walsh, J., Sheppard, JK.M., & Climstein, M. (2013,October). Risk factors for acute and chronic injury in recreational and competitive surfers. Presented at APA Conference, Melbourne.

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Are there age related differences in the incidence of acute injuries or the prevalence of chronic injuries for recreational and competitive surfers.


Retrospective observational study.


A total of 1,348 participants completed an online survey consisting of three sections: demographics, acute and chronic injury.


Of 1,348 surfers (1,231 male, mean age 36.2 ±13.2, 117 female mean age 31.9 ±11.1), 708 (52.5%) suffered an acute injury whilst surfing in the preceding 12months. As expected those suffering an acute injury on average spent significantly (t=5.2, pConclusion:This information aids in identifying surfers who are more at risk of acute and chronic injury. These findings reinforce the relevance of preventative surf specific conditioning (proprioceptive, strength and flexibility) exercises in at risk surfing sub-groups.

Key practice points:

  • Younger surfers were more at risk of suffering an acute injury (years). Older surfers were more likely to suffer a chronic injury (>38 years).
  • Acute injury was associated with increased hours surfing (>6.5 hours per week).
  • Screening and surf specific conditioning exercises could be implemented for at risk sub-groups.



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