April 2, 2021
Fishing is an activity that a lot of people enjoy because it is relaxing, or meditative even for some. When we think about someone fishing, we think about a person sitting quietly in his boat waiting for a catch. While it is unthinkable to get injured this way, minor accidents can still happen. Sometimes, anglers also underestimate the damage that can be caused by something as simple as a bad posture, which often leads to shoulder pain and musculoskeletal injury. Being in a boat for many hours compromises the shoulders, lower back, knees, and hands that is why it is important to pay attention to your position while fishing to avoid injuries.
A lot of things can happen during a fishing trip. Whether you’re angling for pleasure or competition, it is important to know how to deal with fishing injuries. Aid may not always be available especially if you are in a remote location.
Below are some common injuries and tips on how to care for them.
This is a common injury for anglers, especially those who do fly fishing. It requires repetitive, rhythmic movements that may cause rotator cuffs, wrist, and elbow injuries. The repetitive motion of swinging to cast may cause pain. You can initially treat an overuse injury with an ice pack for minor pains, but you have to cut back on the activity to prevent further damage to your joints, muscles, and bones. The best way to avoid having sore joints and muscles is to stretch before and after you fish. Taking a breather is also highly recommended.