Are you wanting to improve your performance out in the surf? Is pain or injury holding you back? Whether you are needing rehab pre or post-competition, or just want to enjoy your weekly surf, physiotherapy can set you on the right track toward a pain-free surf session! In this blog, we will discuss some of the potential benefits of physiotherapy for surfers, including injury treatment and prevention, improved flexibility and range of motion, enhanced strength and stability, and more!

 

5 Benefits of Physiotherapy for Surfers

1. Injury Prevention & Treatment 

Injury Prevention: Surfing involves repetitive movements and puts stress on various parts of the body, including the shoulders, back, hips, and knees. Your treating physiotherapist can help you identify potential areas of weakness or imbalance and develop targeted exercises to strengthen those areas, reducing the risk of injury.

Treatment of Injuries: Injuries can be common among surfers due to the dynamic nature of the sport and the unpredictable nature of the ocean and waves. Your physiotherapist can provide effective treatment for a wide range of injuries, including sprains, strains, tendonitis, and muscle imbalances. Techniques such as manual therapy, massage, dry needling, and having your physiotherapist set you up with a specifically tailored home exercise program can help promote faster recovery and help get you back surfing sooner.

2. Improved Range of Motion & Flexibility

Flexibility and range of motion are crucial for surfers to perform maneuvers effectively and avoid sprains and strains. Unfortunately, generally the older we get, the stiffer we become! Physiotherapy techniques such as stretching, joint mobilization, and soft tissue massage can help improve flexibility and range of motion, helping keep you surfing for longer.

3. Enhanced Strength and Stability

Surfing requires a combination of timing, core strength and stability to maintain balance and control on the board. Your physiotherapist can design surfing-specific exercises to help strengthen your core muscles and improve your overall stability. This in turn, should translate into a greater chance of better surfing performance.

4. Postural Correction

Poor posture can contribute to musculoskeletal imbalances and increase the risk of injury for surfers. As surfing involves maintianing long periods of time in a paddling position, having good postural strength and endurance in your surfing-related postural muscles is important. Your physiotherapist can assess and correct posture issues through targeted exercises and manual techniques, helping you maintain better alignment both on and off the board.

5. Sport-Specific Training & Performance Optimization

Sport-Specific Training and Performance Optimization: Physiotherapists with experience in surfing and the demands of the sport can provide surfers with sport-specific training programs tailored to their individual needs and goals. These programs may include exercises to improve paddling technique, balance training on unstable surfaces, and functional movements that mimic surfing maneuvers.

Conclusion

Overall, physiotherapy can be a valuable for surfers at all levels, from beginners to professional athletes, helping them stay healthy, perform at their best, and enjoy the sport for years to come.

 

Want to enhance your surf performance? Our team of senior physios would love to help! For more information or to make a booking with one of our male or female physiotherapists please visit www.myplacephysio.com.au, call us on 0420 860 797, or use the ‘Book Now’ button below

By Jacob Taylor and the MyPlace Physio Team

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