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Avoid Water Sports Injuries on Texas Lakes this Summer

In the heat of the Central Texas summer, thousands of people take advantage of the many lakes our area has to offer. From Lake Travis to Lake LBJ, two of the most popular water activities are wakeboarding and water skiing. While a great way to spend time with friends and get some exercise, these sports can also land you in your orthopedist’s office if you’re not careful. Here are some tips to stay safe this summer:

  • Always have at least two people in the boat so someone other than the driver can watch the skier or boarder
  • Wear approved life vests
  • Avoid quick accelerations that can jolt the skier or boarder
  • Always check the tow rope to be sure it’s not wrapped around the propeller or other area of the boat
  • Before being pulled behind the boat, warm up to avoid injury. Do some shoulder and leg stretches to prepare your muscles.

Sprains and strains are some of the most common water sport injuries and can be avoided by not jumping in the water with tight muscles. Skiing and wakeboarding can double as a great workout, but listen to your body just as you would when enjoying any other sport.

Stay safe and enjoy the lakes this summer!