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Recently I heard of a case of a condition called Surfer’s Myelopathy (SM) took place in Taiwan to a lady who was taking a beginners lesson. The injury left the woman with severe spinal injuries that took years to recover from.  I was shocked, as while I have suffered and witnessed plenty of injuries and accidents in my 25 years of surfing (mostly caused by people hitting the reef) I have never heard of someone being left unable to walk after a simple surfing lesson.  I have done a little research to try to understand the condition a little better to make sure that we can minimise the risk for our students. Below I set out a litle about what I found out on the rare condition, and also my own thoughts on how to lower the risk of such an injury or any other injury for that matter while in the water. 

 

What is Surfer’s Myleopathy?

Surfer's myelopathy (SM) is a rare nontraumati paraplegia. It is a spinal cord injury caused by hyperextension of the back. When the back is hyperextended, a blood vessel leading to the spine can become kinked, depriving the spinal cord of oxygen. For this reason, it is sometimes referred to as "a stroke of the spinal cord. To simplify, it is a rare injury, not caused by a trauma (such as a fall) which damages the spinal cord and can leave a person potentialy paralised from the waist down. It is considered the cause is from over extending the back, or from having the back over extended (over arched) from the surfing posture.

 

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暑假到了,陸續有朋友詢問是否有兒童衝浪課程


剛到台灣的馬克不懂,為何擁有這麼漂亮海洋的台灣,卻很少人在海裡游泳或衝浪?他觀察東海岸的海域,記下每處海域的特性,然後他如獲至寶,獨自享受著台灣安全且溫暖的海洋。

 

包括我也是,從小媽媽就告知別去海邊,甚至到現在都還有青少年在海洋出事的新聞。於是,到海邊,只剩下去踏踏浪、拍拍照、甚至玩玩水上摩特車等活動,很少人有機會學習到尊重海洋的知識與常識。

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