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Study: Surfing Safer Than Soccer, Basketball
ClickonDetroit ^ | January 2, 2007

Posted on 01/03/2007 5:53:58 AM PST by ShadowDancer

Study: Surfing Safer Than Soccer, Basketball

Soccer, Basketball Players Harmed More Than Surfers

POSTED: 12:55 pm EST January 2, 2007

Surfing: Is it really safer than soccer? A new study says it is.

While public perception may frame surfing as a dangerous sport, the new research begs to differ. In the first study of its kind, researchers have computed the rate of injury among competitive surfers and found they are less likely to be harmed than collegiate soccer or basketball players, according to a press release.

"We found that competitive surfing has a relatively low risk of injury -- 6.6 significant injuries per 1,000 hours of surfing -- compared to other sports for which comparable data is available," said lead author Dr. Andrew Nathanson, an emergency medicine physician with Rhode Island Hospital's Injury Prevention Center. "However, the risk of injury more than doubled when surfing in large waves or over an area with a hard bottom."

Since the '60s, surfing has grown in popularity. But there is little information about actual surfing injuries.

Nathanson and his research team collected injury data from 32 surfing contests worldwide, including professional and amateur events. The groups documented every acute surfing injury suffered during competition, as well as wave size, mechanism of injury and treatment.

"Significant" injuries were qualified as those that prevented the surfer from surfing for one or more days, resulted in a hospital visit, or required on-site suturing.

"Sprains and strains to the lower extremities, particularly the knees, were found to be the most common injuries reported. This is likely due to the aggressive turning and aerial maneuvers, which score highly in competitions, but also appear to place high stress on a surfer's knee," Nathanson said.

He is also an emergency physician at The Miriam Hospital and an assistant professor at Brown Medical School, both in Providence, R.I.

Previous studies conducted by Nathanson researching the injuries of recreational surfers found that lacerations and contusions were the most common reported injury. In those studies, sprains and strains to the lower extremities were the second most common injury among contest surfers.

Most of these injuries were caused by direct contact between a surfer and a -- either their own or another surfer's.

"The fact that cuts were found to be less common among surfers during a competition makes sense since it's a more controlled environment compared to a recreational surfing-type atmosphere. In competitions, there are a limited number of surfers in the water during each heat and the skill level is very high. On the other hand, recreational surfers are often trying to catch waves in a dense crowd of surfers of varying abilities," said Nathanson.

The authors said that even though age and gender had no bearing on the injury rate, wave size and bottom type, independently, were significantly associated with a great chance of injury.

Nathanson said the injury rate more than doubles when surfing in larger surf (overhead) compared to smaller waves, as the energy of waves increases as it grows in height. He also said that a sea floor with a sandy bottom is much more forgiving upon impact than one covered with reefs or rocks.

The research said that that establishing an injury rate for surfing is not just of academic or general interest, but also has implications for the insurance industry and for schools that may want to start a surfing team.

"The information could also help to predict the needs of medical staff support at contests and aid in the design of safer surfboards and protective equipment such as helmets," Nathanson adds.

To reduce the risk of injury while surfing, Nathanson suggested good physical fitness, seeking local knowledge before paddling out to an unfamiliar break, and being realistic in terms of your ability level and the size of the waves, according to a press release.

The researchers said that further study will be needed to determine if the injury rate for recreational surfers can be evaluated and to evaluate effectiveness of modifications in surfing equipment on reducing the incidence of injury.

Led by researchers at Rhode Island Hospital and Brown Medical School, the findings of the study are published in the January 2007 issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine. The study was funded by the University Emergency Medicine Foundation.


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: basketball; soccer; surfing

1 posted on 01/03/2007 5:54:01 AM PST by ShadowDancer
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To: ShadowDancer
Dude!

I'm stoked!

2 posted on 01/03/2007 5:55:41 AM PST by battlegearboat
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To: ShadowDancer
This from the surfing capitol of the World, Detroit, about Rhode Island surfing.
3 posted on 01/03/2007 5:59:37 AM PST by battlegearboat
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To: battlegearboat

Hey, those waves on the Detroit River can be killer, dude.


4 posted on 01/03/2007 6:00:29 AM PST by ShadowDancer (Life is not tried, it is merely survived if you're standing outside the fire.)
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To: ShadowDancer
Depends on what and where you surf.

Pipeline on Oahu's North shore features huge waves that break over shallow water onto a lava reef. .....a bit more dangerous that soccer, to say the least.

5 posted on 01/03/2007 6:03:31 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo
than soccer, that is.
6 posted on 01/03/2007 6:04:44 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: ShadowDancer
Charlie don't surf!


7 posted on 01/03/2007 6:05:48 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (SAY NO TO RUDY!)
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To: Mr. Mojo
Depends on what and where you surf


That's right, some places can be extremely dangerous.


Over the years I've blown out my left knee, almost lost my left eye, (surfboard tip) torn my left rotor cuff, torn my right bicep, numerous stitches, (coral and my own board), had surgeries on both ears, (surfers ear) broke my nose, (board impact) broke and bruised ribs, (board impact again) and currently seeing a MOHS doctor for skin cancer, (balsa cell)....


and I would do it all over again!
8 posted on 01/03/2007 6:14:31 AM PST by dagoofyfoot
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To: dagoofyfoot
Dude, that's hardcore.

(Good luck on the skin cancer, btw).

9 posted on 01/03/2007 6:16:37 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: dagoofyfoot

Duuuuuude.

Sore nipples from the Dewey Weber was all I could remember.


10 posted on 01/03/2007 6:52:11 AM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....when the sidewalks are safe for the little guy.)
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To: ShadowDancer

I have my doubts about such "surveys". It is somewhat like that thing about 'driving in a car on the road being riskier than being in an airplane in the sky'.

I mean, what are the chances of surviving a mishap while surfing, versus a mishap while playing basketball/baseball?

I'm sure one gets to make a lot more mistakes while playing the latter two games than while surfing, to end up dead.


11 posted on 01/03/2007 7:46:44 AM PST by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: ShadowDancer
Study: Surfing Safer Than Soccer, Basketball

Yeah, sure. Maybe it is for those who like to sit way inside and play in the soup.

For others though....

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12 posted on 01/03/2007 7:54:52 AM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: ShadowDancer
Hmmm....and not one mention of this 'hazard'...


13 posted on 01/03/2007 8:17:57 AM PST by GoldCountryRedneck ("Idiocy - Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers" - despair.com)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck
This would leave a mark.
14 posted on 01/03/2007 8:30:56 AM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....when the sidewalks are safe for the little guy.)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck
Hmmm....and not one mention of this 'hazard'...

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15 posted on 01/03/2007 8:59:28 AM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: Mase
Yup....

I was quite a teen surfer in Hawaii and have seen, first-hand, that same situation i.e., a school of sharks through the in-shore waves!

Needless to say, we all surfed, carefully, clear to the beach on the next set!!

In five years, tho', our 'gang', nor I, ever experienced an actual attack out there. Just the occasional jelly fish sting....

16 posted on 01/03/2007 9:29:12 AM PST by GoldCountryRedneck ("Idiocy - Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers" - despair.com)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck
In California, (Santa Barbara mostly) we'd be sitting outside the kelp beds and, on occasion, you'd see something black break the surface out of the corner of your eye. It would only be a seal coming to the surface for a closer look but it would create the most amazing adrenaline rush.

If the seal numbers increased some of us would make our way to shore or find another spot. Most of the guys never cared. Every couple of years someone gets chomped in the Santa Cruz area because they didn't have enough sense to not surf in water filled with seals.

Hawaii has the most and best big wave sites in the country. However, Mavericks is a must see when the north swell is in. The water is ice cold, shallow with rocks and filled with sharks. A 10 foot swell will jack up to 25 feet without any warning. I never miss a chance to get down there when I'm on the west coast.

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17 posted on 01/03/2007 9:49:26 AM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: Mase
I've watched 'em at Mavericks and, yup, gorgeous waves, but, with the rocks, ya' gotta be crazy to ride 'em!

Hawaii spoiled me rotten. I entered the '62 Makaha Championships but didn't quite make it to the finals. Happy to have made it as far as I did tho'. 25ft waves that week!

North Shore (Haleiwa) almost drowned me several times - that 'pipeline' closes up fast!! It, was, however, a favorite.

We moved back to N.Cal , but the Monterey/Santa Cruz water temperature, even wet-suit clad, rather, ummm, cooled my passion for the sport. I'd become a warm-water kinda wimp!!

18 posted on 01/03/2007 10:25:20 AM PST by GoldCountryRedneck ("Idiocy - Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers" - despair.com)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck
I've watched 'em at Mavericks and, yup, gorgeous waves, but, with the rocks, ya' gotta be crazy to ride 'em!

As much as I enjoy watching those waves, my self preservation instinct always kept me from surfing there. I remember those rocks taking Mark Foo like it was yesterday.

Hawaii spoiled me rotten. I entered the '62 Makaha Championships but didn't quite make it to the finals.

Damn! You must have known Greg Knoll. What a character he is. My first board was a Knoll. It was so big it took two of us to carry it. Those must have been heady times.... before the sport got discovered.

North Shore (Haleiwa) almost drowned me several times - that 'pipeline' closes up fast!!

I wish I could say that I've been there and done that. I knew a couple of talented (and cocky) surfers in Santa Barbara who were humbled by the pipeline. They always talked about how incredible the speed was...never experienced anything like it. One ruptured an eardrum and was never the same. Closest I've ever come to that was a reef break off the coast of Legian beach in Bali. Must have been 14-16 feet and very hollow. I should have drowned that day. I was picking pieces of coral out of my skin for months.

We moved back to N.Cal , but the Monterey/Santa Cruz water temperature, even wet-suit clad, rather, ummm, cooled my passion for the sport

LOL! I guess you'd know all about Mavericks then. I was thinking that you still lived in Hawaii. I'd never be able to manage the water either these days and would probably be the guy sitting inside with the long board. Twenty-five years and twenty five pounds ago, long before knee surgery or back pain, it was a different story. I could have done pretty good in school if I hadn't spent so much time at Hollister Ranch, El Capitan and, occasionally, Rincon. I've been up your way a few times (Steamer Lane?) and Carmel but found that the "locals only" attitude was more pronounced there than in So. Cal. The water was colder as well.

Now I'm on the gulf coast of Florida where the water is always warm but you'll never see a wave. That's too bad because I'd like my boys to learn while they're young. It would also give me a good reason to get back in the water and get back into shape. :^)

19 posted on 01/03/2007 5:18:46 PM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: Thrownatbirth
Sore nipples from the Dewey Weber was all I could remember.


...and remember it well...

Dewey Weber and the "Weber Pig" was the hot ticket when I started surfing, never could figure out the dynamics to that old odd shaped "Weber Performer" fin he use to put on some of his long boards though, but...


Those were "the days"
20 posted on 01/03/2007 8:00:07 PM PST by dagoofyfoot
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To: Mr. Mojo
(Good luck on the skin cancer, btw).


Thanks, there was a thread back when Laura Bush had her cancer removed a week or so ago...

A lot a freepers tell me the type I have is no big deal, (I hope they're right)
:^(
21 posted on 01/03/2007 8:04:27 PM PST by dagoofyfoot
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To: dagoofyfoot

My dad had it and got it zapped out without a problem. ....so optimism wouldn't be misplaced.


22 posted on 01/03/2007 8:15:23 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: JRios1968

soccer blows


23 posted on 01/04/2007 3:14:24 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar; MikefromOhio
Soccer...Players Harmed More Than Surfers

Nah, succer players simply pretend to be hurt.

24 posted on 01/04/2007 3:29:47 PM PST by JRios1968 (Tagline wanted...inquire within)
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To: ShadowDancer
Surfing Safer than Soccer, Basketball

Yeah, right



Do you have any idea how many surfers have been injured/killed by sharks? At least you don't find these guys on the soccer field or basketball court.
25 posted on 01/04/2007 5:35:48 PM PST by G8 Diplomat
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To: Mase; GoldCountryRedneck

Are you guys fans of Dick Dale?


26 posted on 01/05/2007 12:29:59 PM PST by jmc813 (Go Jets!)
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To: jmc813
fans of Dick Dale?

Father of surf music that he is, you bet!! Legend in the world of guitar music, Dick Dale must be 70 and still tours!

27 posted on 01/05/2007 12:45:08 PM PST by GoldCountryRedneck ("Idiocy - Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers" - despair.com)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

"If I say it's safe to surf this beach, then it's safe to surf this beach!"


28 posted on 01/05/2007 12:46:59 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: GoldCountryRedneck
Father of surf music that he is, you bet!! Legend in the world of guitar music, Dick Dale must be 70 and still tours!

He actually turns 70 this May. His shows still kick butt. I've been to a ton of concerts in my time, and Dick's are by far the loudest, and best of all, the sound quality does not suffer.

He's also one of the nicest guys you ever want to meet. He sticks around after every concert to meet, sign autographs, and take pictures with every fan that desires it. He'll also personally respond to any e-mail sent to him via his website.

29 posted on 01/05/2007 12:54:51 PM PST by jmc813 (Go Jets!)
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To: G8 Diplomat
Do you have any idea how many surfers have been injured/killed by sharks?

41 recorded, on the Pacific Coast, since 1950 according to a Shark Research Committe report I read awhile back.

There were 100+, if IIRC, attacks reported during that period if you include swimmers, divers, etc., etc.

Pretty rare considering how many people take to the water every year. That's why I personally never worried about it.

I was more concerned about getting hit by an out of control board...and that happened several times.

30 posted on 01/05/2007 1:10:24 PM PST by GoldCountryRedneck ("Idiocy - Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers" - despair.com)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck

Also, I like your home page. I went ahead and added a "States I've Been To" graphic to my page.


31 posted on 01/05/2007 1:16:07 PM PST by jmc813 (Go Jets!)
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To: jmc813
Regretfully, I've never had an opportunity to personally attend a DD concert. Many artists who followed owe their careers and fame to his musical contributions.

70, huh? Hope he gets to stick around quite awhile longer...

32 posted on 01/05/2007 1:20:12 PM PST by GoldCountryRedneck ("Idiocy - Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers" - despair.com)
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To: jmc813
Are you guys fans of Dick Dale?

I wasn't until I heard him live in some bar in Hermosa Beach in the late 80's. He even played with a couple of the original Del-Tones if I remember right. It was an awesome show...loud too.

I learned to surf as a kid on the Jersey shore in the 70's. From Sea Bright on down to Long Branch. After I moved to California I kept asking myself why It took me so long to go west. Although, I have to admit, there was no place like the Jersey shore in the late 70's.

33 posted on 01/05/2007 1:32:34 PM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: Mase
It was an awesome show...loud too.

Check out my post #29.

Although, I have to admit, there was no place like the Jersey shore in the late 70's.

There are still parts of the Jersey shore which are really nice. Two of my friends own restaurants in Long Beach Island, so I spend most of my shore time there nowadays.

34 posted on 01/05/2007 1:47:33 PM PST by jmc813 (Go Jets!)
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To: ShadowDancer
DANGER!

DANGER!

SAFE!


35 posted on 01/05/2007 1:54:14 PM PST by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: Mase

I think that's a dolphin--the dorsal fin is curved instead of pointed, there's no second dorsal fin, the nose is bottle-shaped, and the tail looks flat instead of long and pointed like a shark.

But still, upon first glance it sure looked like a shark, and if I saw that in the water three feet in front of me I wouldn't hang around to investigate it too closely!


36 posted on 01/05/2007 4:43:43 PM PST by G8 Diplomat
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