Surfing was thought to have developed as part of ancient Polynesian culture and was first observed by Europeans at Tahiti in 1767 when visiting the island for the first time. The term surfing refers to the act of riding a wave, regardless of whether the wave is ridden with or without a board. Around 600,000 participate in surfing in the UK, both recreationally and in competition and there are 13 surf schools regulated by Surfing GB (the national governing body) teaching all levels of surfing to a range of ages.
Surfing provides health benefits such as improved cardiovascular fitness from the paddling and the body constantly moving, shoulder/arm and back strength also from paddling and leg/core strength once standing on the board; having a strong core helps the surfer stay upright.
Common Surfing Inuries
The most common surfing injuries are sprains, strains, dislocations and fractures. The most commonly affected area are the lumbar and cervical spine, shoulder, knee and ankle. Nose and teeth are most likely to be damaged by fractures though the ribs can also be affected. The main causes of surfing injuries are from collisions with either the board, the sand or other surfers, not having the correct stance on the board or chronic overuse.
Surf Insurance for Individual Surfers and Groups
Sportsinsurance4u offers a wide variety of plans for people who participate in Surfing in the UK.
Sports Accident Insurance
General & Medical via Sportsinsurance4u can offer you a comprehensive range of surfing accident insurance providing cash benefits for sports injuries such as breaks and dislocations, as well as income protection and disablement cover. Cover is also available for accidental injury whilst travelling to and from a training session, competition or whilst on an organised tour.
Sports Health Insurance
Our Sports Health Insurance for semi-professional and professional surfers offers all of the standard benefits of Private Health Insurance along with important cover for sports related injuries.
As an alternative for amateur surfers, General & Medical can also offer Private Health Insurance for you and your family, whether you are on a budget or whether you are looking for the most comprehensive levels of protection.
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Our Sports Health Insurance range has been specifically designed for amateur and professional sportspeople.e
Our Sports Accident Insurance has been designed for amateur sports enthusiasts to provide some financial benefit to you in the event of a sports injury.
Sports Accident Insurance benefits can include
- Personal Liability Insurance
- Income Protection
- Cash Benefits for Breaks and Dislocations
- Dental Cover
- Physiotherapy Benefit
Sports Health Insurance benefits can include
- Cover for sports injuries
- Consultations, tests and scans
- Hospital cash back
- Cover outside UK for touring clubs
- Health and Wellbeing Services