Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte
Print version ISSN 1517-8692
BASE, Luís Henrique; ALVES, Marco Antonio Ferreira; MARTINS, Erick Oliveira and COSTA, Roberto Fernandes da. Injuries among professional surfers. Rev Bras Med Esporte [online]. 2007, vol.13, n.4, pp. 251-253. ISSN 1517-8692. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-86922007000400008.
The aim of this study was to verify the occurrence of injuries in Brazilian professional surfers who took part in one of the stages of the Professional Brazilian Surf Championship for men. There were 32 professional surfers participating in the study and each one of them filled in a questionnaire about the injuries they had suffered during the surf practice. There were found 112 injuries among all the participants of the study. Lacerations/cuts was the most frequent injury, 38 (33.9%); followed by sprains, 29 (25.9%); contusions, 16 (14.2%); strains, 14 (12.5%); burns, 9 (8.0%); fractures, 6 (5.3%). We conclude that most of the injuries were originated by trauma, suggesting that the extrinsic factors inherent to this sport are potentially harmful to the athletes.
Keywords : Injuries; Surf; Sport.