Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Back Pain Statistics - Rethink Kayaking and Kayak Fishing

Here's a link to an article called Back Pain Statistics that summarizes the facts related to this subject in Western Society.
According to this article, back pain is a huge problem (quote): "Back pain is the second most common cause of missed workdays due to illness and is the most common cause of disability in the United States".

Needless to say that kayaking and kayak fishing injuries are the cause of a very small part of this gloomy picture, but the frightening thing about these statistics is the fact that a large number of kayak paddlers and fishermen come to these sports activities with some prior back problem or sensitivity, caused by either injuries or diseases.
And here lies the real problem: The combination of a predisposition for back problems and poorly conceived kayaks inevitably means serious back problems for a large number of these paddlers and fishermen.
In fact, back problems are by far the main reason why kayakers and kayak fishermen quit paddling kayaks and fishing from them.
Whether the L position increases problems or creates new ones, or both, is not the main issue:
Traditional SIK and SOT kayaks are a hazard for many, and sadly, neither the paddling nor fishing media discuss this issue openly and thoroughly, as it should be.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Paddling and fishing media"...
Hahaha what are you talking about? There's no such thing.
Last time I checked there was a bunch of magazines and TV shows that survived on ads contributed by kayak and gear manufacturers. They are not "media", get real!