Archive for the 'Injuries' Category

All Hail, the Lowly Paddle Float!

Friday, March 27th, 2015

It seems that it is currently fashionable among some sea kayak instructors to bash the standard paddle float solo re-entry as a useless skill.  I am not of that camp, but even if you are, I urge you not to throw out your paddle float just yet.  There are numerous ways that a paddle float […]

Revisiting the Issue of Pain When Kayaking

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

I  just had a lesson with a student who bought his boat from another paddler who was getting out of the sport due to pain and numbness of the legs and butt.  While my student benefitted by getting a killer deal on a fiberglass kayak, paddle, and accessories, I feel badly for the paddler who […]

Warm Water Warning for Kayakers

Friday, July 20th, 2012

With the water in local lakes and rivers reaching temperatures well into the 80’s, there is a danger that we all need to be aware of – Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).  A tiny one-celled organism found in freshwater sediment called Naegleria fowleri thrives in the warm water temperatures that we are experiencing this summer.  It […]

Spring Paddling = Cold Water Dangers

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

I’m as happy as anyone to see this warmer than normal weather we’re having here in Wisconsin. (Hopefully, we won’t have to pay for it with a colder than normal June and July.)  I do have a serious concern, though, when we start getting these days in the 60’s so early in the season.  Cabin-feverish, […]

Computers Cause Kayak Injuries

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

I’ve had this dull, aggravating pain in my right upper arm all summer.  Even after the paddling season ended, it hasn’t gone away.  I was getting really concerned starting to imagine that I may have a bicep tear or some problem with my rotator cuff.  It wasn’t excruciating, so I didn’t want to waste the […]

Sherri Rants About a Personal Pet Peeve

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

I’ve been spending a lot of time recently watching paddling DVD’s and videos.  Perhaps I’m just getting old and cranky, but in one of the whitewater instructional DVD’s students were told to “cock (their) wrist back” on the control hand in order to set the proper blade angle on the non-control blade when using a […]

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