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Title: A retrospective cohort analysis of the injury profile of internationally competitive surfers
Authors: Murgatroyd, Taryn Lyn 
Keywords: Surfing;Injuries;Quantitative profile
Issue Date: 2009
Modern surfing dates as far back as the 1960’s when the first amateur and
professional surfing competitions were held (1). Since these humble beginnings,
surfing has enjoyed a sustained growth over the last half a century, principally
through increased commercialization of surfing apparel and an increased positive
association with the lifestyle of surfers.
The aim of this study was to determine a retrospective cohort analysis of the
injury profile of internationally competitive surfers and provide information on
chronic, repetitive strain injuries suffered by them.
Therefore, for the purpose of this study, the following information was gathered in
order to create an injury profile:
• Demographics of internationally competitive surfers competing in the Mr.
Price Pro, Durban, South Africa,
• Prevalence of surfing injuries,
• Treatment received for injuries.
This study was a retrospective, quantitative, epidemiological study (9), on the
Chiropractic Student Sports Association’s (CSSA) questionnaire in order to
produce a retrospective cohort analysis of the injury profile of internationally.
On entry into the Chiropractic treatment facility, the surfer is requested to
complete their portion of the CSSA questionnaire. Thereafter the senior intern
then takes a brief case history, elaborating on the information provided by the
surfer, followed by a standard clinical assessment related to the anatomical
region or list of differential diagnoses based on the history.
The study was limited to any surfer, male or female, who was competing on the
World Championship Tour or the World Qualifying Series and registered to
compete in the Mr. Price Pro.
Chronic injuries made up for 52.7% of surfing injuries, with the spine and
surrounding musculature being the most commonly affected regions. Factors
associated with injury were the repetitive nature of certain aspects of surfing and
the age of the surfer.
The findings in this study concurred with previous literature with the respect to
sustaining of an injury related to surfing. However, many of the findings in this
study differed to that of previous literature with respect to the common site of
injury. The spine was the most common site of injury, as opposed to lower
extremities as had been previously reported. The factors associated with injury
also differed somewhat from previous literature. Therefore, this warrants further
investigation with due consideration to the recommendations from this study.
Dissertation submitted in partial compliance with the requirements for the Master's Degree in Technology: Chiropractic, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa, 2009.
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