National Fishing and Boating Week is still in full swing. Many people are showing off their catches and what they’re doing during the wait time.
Personal Note: I have a good friend of mine who caught a Blue Catfish! Wow!
Used with Permission from David Kalvitis
However, people sometimes get muscle and joint injuries from fishing and boating especially, in the back, shoulders, arms, and wrists. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and pulled Rotator Cuffs are incredibly common.
Personal Note: A client came in once with locked forearms. They had caught a large fish and fought with it for an hour before they finally brought it onboard. However, the tendons in their forearms and elbows were so tense, that they couldn’t move their wrists or fingers without a lot of pain. We were able to stretch out their forearms so the client could move again, but they’re very careful about how they fish now.
“What can I do to prevent injury?”
Strengthening your muscles before you go fishing might be a good idea. David Evans of we-fix-u.com has a few strengthening exercises that seem like they could help:
Use a Fishing Harness when on rough waters or when catching large fish. It will save your back, shoulders, and can also keep you and the rod in the boat.
Stay Hydrated! No matter what, your body needs water to keep going. Keep water nearby, especially if it’s a hot day.
Chiropractors and Massage Therapists can help with pulled and cramped muscles. But, if an injury is causing you extreme pain, see your Primary Doctor first.
Stay safe on the water and Happy Fishing!