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All instructors and coaches need a good working knowledge of injury prevention.
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The ease of access into paddling as a result of modern designs, modern materials and cheaper, easier to paddle boats opens the access to people who are more prone to injuries. The following is not a comprehensive exploration of injury prevention however the basics for injury prevention are relatively simple.
As a starting point, remember that we are homo erectus, our bodies are designed for upright use. As a paddler this means that you should sit upright, straight back (do not slouch or hunch). Secondly "always extend the limb and not the joint". You may notice paddlers extending the shoulder joint forward to make a good catch (entry point of the paddle). This is bad. The shoulder joint should remain "compact" with the arm extending out. Similarly do not extend the shoulder joint back.
Thirdly "restrict that extension"; do not extend limbs to the point that joints are straight. Even at the full forward reach for a forward stroke or sweep, the arm should be slightly bent at the elbow.
Fourthly "the bigger the job, the smaller the extension" In sea kayaks and larger boats, sweeps and draws should be kept close to the body. It will make the effect of the stroke less efficient, however it will protect your body. A fully extended bow draw in a heavy boat can do major damage to shoulders. Similarly reaching way back behind you to perform a stern rudder makes the rudder more effective but dangerously exposes your shoulder. The bigger the seas, the closer the paddle needs to come to you.
Fifth; the good old "paddlers box". This is the concept of keeping all strokes within a range directly in front of your chest. DO NOT reach back or sidewards, rotate the torso to bring the action in front of you.
Sixthly; always check posture in the boat, sit upright, knees slighlty bent, light pressure on the footblocks, pelvis tilted forward (not slouched backwards).
Finally a word of warning in this brief look at injury prevention; always be very wary of the person who says "this works for me". Due to the incredible adaptability of the human body it is possible to do wrong things without damage if the build up to the wrong action is gradual. A gradual build up gives the body time to develop coping strategies. This is why some people seem to be able to effortlessly perform extended shoulder actions that immediately dislocate the shoulder joints of others. Before you trust anything that comes out as "this works for me", check if it fits with the basic mechanics of the human body.
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