Last time Surf Body Connection participated in an Oceanside-based event was at the ISA junior world championships event. At the ISA event there was a great opportunity to watch some of the worlds up-and-coming surfing athletes (and possible Olympians), most of whom were all adolescents and teenagers. Having the opportunity to spend a weekend with some of the worlds best female surfers, however was a great chance to learn even more.
Being at the Supergirl Pro provided a great opportunity to connect with some of the same athletes from October, but also to work with many girls who are charging their way through QS events with hopes to make it onto the CT. The contest provided a great opportunity to compare and contrast what was learned in October, with just female surfers who, maybe, have been at it in the competitive circuit for longer periods of time.
Due to increased stress/demand on these athletes to continue surfing despite injury due to the significance of the contest, value of contest points, etc. This is of interest, as ankle injuries being more common on the CT, makes me wonder about the chronicity of these ankle injuries, as well as how much rest athletes are able to take in order to recover from these types of ligamentous injuries.
In essence: is there a way for these athletes to undergo the rehab and neuromuscular re-education that needs to occur if they aren’t able to rest the way they need as they strive to make their way to the most elite circuit in surfing?
We know from most of the current surfing research coming out that there are some predicting elements to these injuries (asymmetrical squatting patterns, assymmetrical jump tests) But, it also gives some insight into the possibility that these injuries may be set up earlier in one’s surfing career due to limited ability to fully recover or rehab due to the demands of pushing to become an elite surfer.
Well, Surf Body Connection is working to create some avenue of relief for both the competitive and recreational surfers to help prevent these types of injuries. We are creating the first algorithm driven, surf wellness program online… accessible from your living room or online while you are in Tavarua.
*I want to extend a hearty thank you to Extreme Athletics for reaching out to Surfer’s Edge to collaborate for the event. Getting to work alongside some of surfing’s premiere athletic training and performance coaches was a great experience. Additionally, getting to work with such a great group of pro surfers in the PaulMitchell venue was a fantastic experience.
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