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Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:11 pm

Have you suffered from any injuries or medical condition while sea kayaking? Do you think this table is relevant?
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Injuries and Medical Conditions Among Kayakers Paddling in the Sea Environment
Colin Powell, BSc (tech), FHEA
Abstract: From the Cardiff School of Health Sciences, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, UK.
Objective.—Directly experienced health impacts and the perception of health impacts affecting the
wider community kayaking in the sea environment were assessed.
Methods.—Four hundred questionnaires were distributed at coastal launch sites in West Wales. One
hundred and seventy-eight questionnaires were returned.
Results.—The majority of respondents had not received injuries or developed medical conditions as a
result of kayaking in the sea. Among those who had directly encountered health impacts, problems with
joints, tendons, and muscles were the most frequently reported injury. When asked what were the most
common health impacts in general among those who kayak in the sea, ‘sprains and pulled muscles’ and
‘cuts and abrasions’ were the most frequently cited factors. The rank order of the ‘most common injury
or medical condition’ and the ‘most commonly injured part of the body’ varied according to type of boat
used and activity undertaken. This variation was evident in relation to direct experience of health
impacts and the perception of injuries and medical conditions affecting other kayakers. Most
respondents regarded injuries and medical conditions as uncommon and not serious and reported
positive health effects from kayaking.
Conclusions.—Health impacts encountered by those kayaking in the sea reflect many of those
identified in literature focusing upon other aspects of kayaking. Responses to questions regarding the most
common injury or medical condition and the most common injury site vary according to type of boat used
and activity undertaken. It is concluded that while there may be common demands placed upon paddlers
using a variety of boats and participating in differing activities, it cannot be assumed that they are a
homogeneous group. This has implications for the development of incident prevention strategies.
Key words: kayak, injury, sea kayak, medical condition, kayaker, paddle sport
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Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:13 pm

I guess that "Missing" could be viewed as a pretty serious injury ~~!!
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Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:16 pm

Hainesy wrote:I guess that "Missing" could be viewed as a pretty serious injury ~~!!
does not count if your not there to fill out the survey :lol:
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Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:26 pm

I'm also guessing that "Upset Stomach" would be much more frequent amongst the Kayak Fishing fraternity :puke:
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Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:38 pm

kpofisha wrote:I'm also guessing that "Upset Stomach" would be much more frequent amongst the Kayak Fishing fraternity :puke:
I don't see "Hangover" on the list either :lol:
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Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:15 pm

Rusty wrote:
Hainesy wrote:I guess that "Missing" could be viewed as a pretty serious injury ~~!!
does not count if your not there to fill out the survey :lol:
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Interesting background for a 4 star general :lol:

I thought sunburn would have been higher till I saw where it was and I guess even if you wear crocs :tmi: in a sea kayak you'll get away with it.
2 key observations:
1).The act of fishing on a kayak presents the opportunity for a plethora of injuries unlikely to be experienced by paddling alone. I'd say with so many of us using SOT that sunburn would be higher (as well as our location, not that I have a clue what the climate in Wales is like?). We have injuries that could be considered a subgroup of some mentioned but would warrant a category of their own (hook punctures, spikes/bites/stings, as HDL points out 'hangovers' :lol: ) Bruised ego from skunkings, psychological damage inflicted by family for returning home empty handed, stress/trauma bought on by the loss of tackle...
2). Statistically a rather small sample size. If we wanted to we could put a much better one together and more relavant.

Good on ya YS, could be an interesting (and for some of us embarrassing) :tmi: thread. I use and work with statistical software on a daily basis, so I'd be happy to put up some Pareto analysis etc if there was interest. First task would be to collectively come up with the categories then run a poll.

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Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:40 pm

I haven't suffered any notable injuries while kayaking.
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Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:56 pm

And for the stats to be relevant that needs to be acknowledged too.

Well done MA, but had to chuckle at that given your listed occupation :rock:

Hoping that doesn't mean you're a local bouncer, we may already have met :tmi:

I think my only injuries have been a couple of jig head pricks removing softbaits and the earlier-posted migraine that appeared to be dehydration related. And most of the psychological ones I added :lol:

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Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:08 pm

only suffered 1 a hit to the head from a flying hooked K/Y :tmi: :lol: :lol:
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Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:55 pm

I suffer from sore ass, does that count?? :?:
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Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:35 pm

uktim wrote:I suffer from sore ass, does that count?? :?:
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Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:01 pm

murf wrote:
Well done MA, but had to chuckle at that given your listed occupation :rock:

Hoping that doesn't mean you're a local bouncer, we may already have met :tmi:
Occupation: Human shield is figurative, no actual physical danger involved!

It has just occurred to me that I hurt my pride every time I come back fishless.
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Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:48 am

uktim wrote:I suffer from sore ass, does that count?? :?:
Very much so but down the line bro... There are too many "other" unspecified areas :lol: so anything from a JD spine pierced nuts to your sore ass is included too :geek:
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Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:04 pm

eerrr, I think all of them? You ever get rolled out of your kayak trying a surf landing and have the kayak then rolls along over the top of you?

And yes, upset stomach, fishing off kaikoura, had a McD' the night before and couldn't stop :swear: ing so every couple minutes jumped over the side. What made my day so much happier? The guy I was fishing with was drifting ahead of me, I was hanging onto side of kayak, letting it all hang out and flush away.

Minute later he was hooking fish?????? I'm sure they tasted nice! :rofl:
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