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What are the most common injuries in surfing?

Ankle and foot injuries are the most common surfing injuries. It’s easy to twist your ankle when surfing as you have to perform different kinds of maneuvers while firmly fixing your feet on the surfboard. To prevent or avoid ankle injuries we recommend using Sports Ankle Support and Sports Ankle Support Dynamic which provides stability and stimulates muscle regeneration. Depending on the severity and type of ankle injury, we recommend using our Malleotrain range to recover from the particular injury. These are easy to put on and take off and salt water friendly, thus perfect for surfers!

How can I prevent knee injuries such as ACL tears and Meniscus tears in surfing?

Surfing is an intense water sport which puts a lot of pressure on your knees, especially the ligaments and tendons of the back surfing leg. Due to the twisting movements of the back knee while increasing speed or manoeuvering the surfboard, surfers are a high risk of ACL and MCL tears. Knee tears can range from Grade 1 to Grade 3 depending on their severity. To support your recovery from a minor Grade 1 tear or to prevent knee tears, we recommend using Bauerfeind GenuTrain S and Sport Knee Support. For advanced cruciate or collateral injuries such as Grade 2 and Grade 3, we recommend using SecuTec Genu knee orthosis. These recommended braces are also salt water friendly and can be washed after use.

 

How can I prevent and treat Surfers Elbow?

Similar to Tennis elbow, surfers might suffer from Surfers elbow where the ligament tissue of the elbow gets inflamed due to overuse of the joint while paddling. Around half the surfers have or will suffer from Surfers Elbow once in their lifetime. To prevent this condition, we recommend using Sports Elbow Strap or Sport Elbow Support as it minimizes excessive strain and gently massages the connective tissue to aid in muscle regeneration. To treat chronic Surfers elbow, we recommend using our advance EpiTrain elbow brace or Epipoint elbow strap which has been engineered to provide targeted relief to the elbow tendon. The compression can be adjusted and improves circulation which aids in muscle regeneration. 

Can braces and compressions be worn while surfing?

Yes, all recommended Bauerfeind braces and Sports Performance Supports can be worn while surfing as they are salt-water friendly. After your surf, you can also hand wash or machine wash the supports. Remove the Velcro® straps, pads or inserts and wash in cold water without fabric softeners as they can compromise our medical-grade compression. Do not place the support in the dryer, let it air-dry.