Water Skiing and Wakeboarding

Water Skiing and Wakeboarding

Both water skiing and wakeboarding are sports that involve being pulled behind a speed boat while balancing on a device that skims over the water. Water skiers use two long ski-like boards strapped to their feet, while wakeboarders use short, surfboard-like objects that the wakeboarder stands and balances on for an enjoyable thrill ride. Both sports are very popular in the U.S., with about 1.2 million people participating in these sports every year. There are, of course, inherent risks with these sports, primarily from falling onto the water at high speeds. The most common water skiing injuries are ankle strains and sprains because the ankles are bound to the skis and the impact of a fall places high pressure on these parts of the body. The next most common injury are lacerations of the head and neck due to falling and hitting the water, tow handle, water buoys, etc. Because both sports involve high speeds and the risk of drowning, these sports are considered hazardous and should be exercised  with caution.



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