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March 2, 2021

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How to Prevent Common Fishing Injuries

How to Prevent Common Fishing Injuries

Fishing is a relaxing activity. Imagine being out on the water, hearing the waves against your boat, enjoying the company of your buddy or yourself, and celebrating a good catch – just hearing about it makes you want to rush to the water.

But just like any sport, fishing is not just all fun. There are still risks involved in fishing as unexpected things can happen. Your day out in the sea or the lake might end up in the emergency room if you are not careful enough.

Listed below are some common fishing injuries and ways on how you can prevent them:

1. Shoulder Injuries

One of the most common fishing injuries happens on the shoulder. After all, it's one of the most active parts of the body, from casting a line to reeling in a catch.

This injury is centered around the rotator cuff, a sleeve comprising four muscles, and is associated or connected to tendons on the shoulder. Shoulder injuries happen when these muscles are stretched out or overused, mostly when the arm is raised upwards rather than the side. Something that most anglers do.

Shoulder injuries can happen in an instant, especially when you cast in the wrong form. It can also occur through wear and tear of muscles for the constant raising of the arm upward.

To prevent shoulder injuries, make sure to cast in the correct form. If possible, cast your line from the side and not overhead. Instead of using your shoulder's strength to swing the rod back and sweep forward, use your arm's power instead. Further, to avoid rotator cuff degeneration, consult a physical therapist on proper shoulder strengthening exercises that you can do at home.

2. Overuse Injuries

In relation to shoulder injury, the other parts of your body can suffer from overuse. Just like other athletes who