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Chiropractic Care Prevents Surf-Related Injuries
Surfing is one of the most popular sports in La Jolla, San Diego. The weather, flexibility, and affordability make this an easy hobby to pick up. Many locals enjoy surfing before work to get their day started. However, this sport requires a lot of physical effort, and many experience surf-related injuries, such as shoulder impingement, back sprains and strains, hip flexor strains, and ankle stiffness.
There are several ways to prevent injuries, on and off the beach, to ensure surfers can minimize injuries and downtime.
How to Prepare for Surfing
Surfers should spend 5-10 minutes warming up before hitting the surf. Some simple exercises and stretches can be done without equipment on the beach, such as:
Standing I's, T's and Y's
Thread the Needle
How to Recover from Surfing
Static Stretching and Foam Rolling
After surfing, surfers should spend 5 minutes static stretching. These exercises should include:
bending forward touching toes, child’s pose reaching to the right and left, and cat/cow poses. Surfers should also include foam rolling into their daily routine to release muscle knots and relieve inflammation. Foam rolling also increases range of motion, flexibility, and mobility while boosting circulation and lymphatic flow.
Every 2-4 weeks surfers should see a chiropractor for maintenance. Surfing puts a lot of strain on muscles and joints; which over time, can lead to injury. At Team Elite, our routine maintenance for surfers includes adjustments and soft tissue work, such as cupping, active release technique, and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization.
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