Category: Back Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: June 9, 2015
Summer is getting into full swing here in Minnesota, and that means many Minnesotans will be getting out on the water (it is the land of 10,000 lakes after all!). Whether you’re wakeboarding, waterskiing, tubing, or just going for a swim, there is the potential that you may develop back pain. With that in mind, here are a few tips for avoiding back pain while on the lake this summer.
Maintain Proper Form when Skiing & Boarding
Waterskiing and wakeboarding are incredible fun, but if you don’t know what you’re doing, you can potentially hurt your back. If you are just starting out, find someone who can show you the ropes. Always maintain good form when boarding and skiing. Keep your back straight whenever possible. Hunching or twisting too much can result in back pain.
Wear the Right Gear
Whatever water activity you are partaking in, make sure you are suited up with the right gear. That means always wear a life jacket, first and foremost. A life vest will save you from drowning in certain circumstances, and can lessen the pain of landing on your back. A helmet may also be a good idea if you are planning on doing any advanced wakeboarding or skiing.
Avoid Excess Drinking
Many people like to enjoy a few drinks while boating. Having one or two is typically alright, but don’t participate in any water activities if you have had too much to drink. Intoxication can lead to poor judgement and can make you push yourself too hard.
Have fun out there on the Minnesotan lakes this summer, but remember to be safe! Your back and spine will thank you for it. As always, if you do injure your back during a day on the water, visit a spine physician to address and treat any potential injuries.