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Wakeboarding Injuries

Lee DebuseWakeboarding is fast becoming one of the most popular extreme sports in the UK, with events becoming more mainstream and more and more water parks opening up to invite newcomers to the sport.

CTi are also proud to work with a number of these professionals including Lee Debuse, Nick Davies and Matt Crowhurst who together are some of the most recognised names in the sport today.

As with any fast paced adrenaline filled sport there are risks, but this is part of the thrill for boarders giving them the adrenaline rush as they hit the water. Some injuries are more common than others but when a trick goes wrong impact damage can put you out of action for a period of time.

At CTi we focus on protecting the knee joint so let's take a look there to start with.

Knee Injuries

The knee is made up of 4 ligaments located at each side of the joint in the ACL, LCL, MCL and PCL. The ACL is the most publicised of these ligaments simply due to the number of high profile injuries incurred across a variety of sports from football to snowboarding.

The ACL is located at the front of the knee and basically stops the knee cap moving beyond its normal range of motion, without which you'll be unable to walk, let alone hit the water and perform a Whirlybird.

The injury itself can occur as a result of landing badly on the knee either from impact damage or twisting it resulting in the ligament tearing or even rupturing. Surgery is often the main treatment option offered though combined with physiotherapy you're likely to miss the entire season.

Bracing is another option both as a preventative measure as well as post injury to minimise the risk of it happening once again. In extreme sports you need to look at rigid knee braces, typically manufactured from materials such as carbon fibre which are lightweight and extremely strong to help withstand impacts.

If you're ever unsure as to the extent of an injury then go and see your doctor.