Friday, March 03, 2017

Attention all you winter surfers

Winter can be dangerous--even for surfers. In Southern California, the winter surf is usually bigger--and doctors tend to see more injuries, says J. Lee Pace, MD at the Children's Orthopaedic Center.

Plus--with the warmed winters in some areas, kids continue to play fall and summer sports in the offseason--leading to overuse injuries.  Serious overuse injuries in children are on the rise.

Think about safety...

--Depending on the sport or activity, wear a helmet--in addition to preventing skull fractures and brain bleeds, helmets keep the head warm.

--Wear wrist guards. People tend to put their arms out to catch themselves (snowboarders?) and can hurt their wrists.

--Watch those ski bindings--automatic releases need to be adjusted to the child's height and weight.

--Don't forget UV protection, even on cloudy days.

--Cross-train in the offseason. This not only helps performance, but develops different skill sets.

I am sure you can think of more precautions. Heads up! I mean, surf's up.

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