Research Article

Injuries of the shoulder sustained by Surfboard riders

Simon Dimmick*, Jillian Patterson, Patrick Sheehan, Suzanne Anderson and Graeme MacDougal

Published: 09 January, 2018 | Volume 3 - Issue 1 | Pages: 010-016

Background: To determine the spectrum of shoulder pathologies suffered by surfers.

Methods: Prospective descriptive study. Surfers with shoulder injuries who were referred to a sub-speciality orthopaedic shoulder private practice situated on the Northern beaches of Sydney (Australia) were recruited over a three-year period.

Results: 42 shoulders in 37 subjects were included-12 acute injuries (29.3%), 9 acute on chronic (22%) and 20 chronic injuries. Average age 48 years (range 20-72 years). Seventeen subjects (46%) had manual occupations and 20 subjects (54%) had office-based occupations. Spectrum of pathologies included rotator cuff tendon tears, long head of biceps tendon pathology, labral tears, acromioclavicular and glenohumeral joint osteoarthritis.

Discussion: There is a wide spectrum of acute and chronic shoulder injuries sustained by surfers. The most common presentation was for chronic pathology. The average age of 48 suggests that age may play a role in attritional/degenerative change and therefore an increased likelihood of injury.

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Surfing; Shoulder; Injury; Surgery; Occupation


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