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Common Water Sport Injuries and How to Prevent Them

It’s time for some fun in the sun. But before you grab your sunscreen, bathing suits, and hit the water; it’s important to understand some of the most common water sport injuries. Most importantly, we’ll explain those injuries and a few tips to follow for avoiding injuries. Continue reading for common water sport injuries and how to prevent them from the Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Kaplan and Lukowski.

Dehydration While On The Water

While you are out on the water, it is easy to forget about drinking it. By the time your mouth actually begins to feel dry, you are already in the beginning stages of dehydration. If you find it difficult to keep hydrated while being active, try to hydrate the night before or the day before your fun in the sun. Also, ensure you are hydrating after as well. If you notice any dryness of mouth, dizziness, fatigue, or nausea, stop what you are doing immediately and hydrate.

Sprains From Water Sports

A sprain is the stretching or tearing of the tissues that hold bones together (also known as ligaments). This is a very common injury both in and out of the water. Sprains can happen virtually anywhere on your body, such as the lower extremities (ankles, knees, or hips) as well as your upper body (shoulders or even the neck).

It is important to monitor how your body is moving and pay attention to the instructions of your instructor. In cases of sprains, you have to rest the area and apply ice and compression. Any prolonged pain will warrant the consultation of a physician.

Common Water Sport Strains

A strain is the stretching or tearing of the tissues holding the muscles to the bones (known as tendons). This very common injury can occur at any point on the body as well. It’s important to avoid pushing your body too far past your limits and rest when needed.

If you end up with a strain, rest with alternating ice and heat are excellent ways to get started. Any prolonged pain should warrant the consultation of a physician and may even require the use of x-rays.

Lacerations From Water Skiing or Wake Boarding

Lacerations or cuts, scrapes, and abrasions are easy to come by while having summer fun.  Depending on the depth of the laceration, a physician may be needed. The best method of prevention is to adhere to the instructions given and tread lightly when walking along the beach.

For small cuts and scrapes, antiseptic ointment and bandages can be applied to the cleaned and dried area. For deeper lacerations and especially lacerations to the head, you may need to go to urgent care or an emergency room.

Concussions From Water Sports

Concussions and other head injuries are also common while participating in strenuous water activities.  However, they are not to be taken casually. Even a slight concussion will warrant the consultation of a physician. If after hitting your head, you are noticing any nausea or vomiting, contact a physician as soon as possible.

Contact the Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys of Kaplan & Lukowski

If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident or other water sport injury due to the negligence of someone else or an establishment, you have a right to speak to a qualified Atlanta personal injury attorney.

The experienced personal injury attorneys at Kaplan & Lukowski LLP — Ronald L. Kaplan M.D. and Jay D. Lukowski — offer a unique mix of medical and legal experience that creates a clear advantage over other law firms.

Contact Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP today for a free consultation.