SOURCE: Nationwide Children's Hospital, news release, May 26, 2015
SATURDAY, June 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Wake boarding and water skiing are great ways to have fun and be physically active during the summer months, but certain safety precautions need to be followed to prevent serious injuries, experts say.
Every year in the United States, thousands of people are hurt in water skiing and wake boarding accidents, according to Nationwide Children's Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio. Wake boarding is similar to water skiing, but is done on a single board instead of two skis.
Most water skiing injuries involve sprains and strains in the legs. Wake boarders often get cuts and injuries to their head and face. Wake boarding is more likely than water skiing to result in a traumatic brain injury, cautioned experts at Nationwide Children's.
There are ways water skiers and wake boarders can reduce their risk for injury before they head out to the water, including:
People engaging in water sports should also consider these factors to ensure their safety:
The California Division of Boating and Waterways provides more information on water sport safety.