Wakeboarding presents a high risk of knee injuries. Common mistakes, such as keeping your legs straight or locking your knees, further increase the risk of injury. To stay safe, keep your knees bent at all times. If you have had knee injuries in the past, talk to a physical therapist.
Many knee injuries are caused by having an inadequate riding posture or position on the board. I see a lot of wakeboarders riding with their front leg straight and their back leg bent as they go around and step into the wake. As they go out into the air, they still have their front leg stuck and tend to land that way, increasing the chance of injuring their knee. Try to get in the habit of driving with both knees bent all the time.
In addition to protecting your knees, it will make the board more responsive to not having to walk with a very heavy tail. YES, your muscles may hurt a little after your wakeboarding session. Especially a day or two later. However, this is because several muscle groups are involved in wakeboarding.
Wakeboarding will be less painful as you practice regularly. Some nutrient or organic molecule shakes may be beneficial, but check with a doctor before using them. It will be difficult to handle an excessively large wakeboard and you will be forced to use muscles that you are not used to. Amateur wakeboarders can experience a lot of pain because they don't know how to maintain proper form while behind the boat.
In addition, if you have been before or are a frequent cyclist, you will have developed those muscles and ligaments from previous races, which will help you avoid pain when practicing wakeboarding. In addition, wakeboard bindings should be the right size to ensure that your feet are safe and that you receive the right amount of support. A few years ago, it was all the rage in professional wakeboarding circles to have as wide a posture width as possible. Wakeboarding is an increasingly popular sport involving aggressive acrobatics with a high risk of lower limb injuries, including ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
The first thing you should do while you're at the lake is to drink plenty of water before, during and after wakeboarding instead of soft drinks or alcohol. Although not statistically significant, the majority (73.1%) of those injured described themselves as beginner or intermediate level wakeboarders. It's essential to achieve balance and use a wakeboard of the correct size for your weight and height. The survey questioned participants about their history of torn ACL while they were wakeboarding and asked them to describe the mechanism of the injury and treatment.
This position, as described by Boden, can increase the risk of wakeboarders breaking their anterior cruciate ligament when landing. This number significantly exceeds the only other reported prevalence, 16.3% by Carson, after evaluating the responses of 86 wakeboarders. While wakeboarding may not seem like a physically demanding sport, it's essential to be strong and in good shape. Carson made the first attempt to quantify injuries caused by wakeboarding by sending questionnaires to orthopedic surgeons and wakeboarders.