Summer activities offer an adrenaline rush! However, they are often a cause for injury. Whether trying a new activity or getting flipped off a tube be aware of the risks.

 It is important to strengthen your body in the spring and through out the year. A well rounded exercise routine allows for us to adapt more easily to seasonal activities. Focus on strength, coordination and cardio. Improving your base fitness level will allow for activities to be more enjoyable.

Water sports often strain your neck, upper back and shoulder.  Meanwhile, your low back may be under a lot stress from bending, twisting or flopping around. Developing your core stability will help you stay in control and supported during your adventures.  Remember to change positions often, allow your body to rest, keep hydrated, warm up, cool down and stretch. If an acute injury occurs ice may be used to reduce pain and inflammation.

Know your limits and stay within your comfort zone.

Communication is vital when participating in watersports. Have a plan before you head out and know your location/route. Hand signals can convey important messages and help insure everyone is safe and having fun.

Be aware that conditions can change quickly when you are on the water and take the necessary precautions to ensure you are aware of the weather and your surroundings. Boaters should ensure that all drivers have their Pleasure Craft Operator card through Transport Canada. There are many online courses such as the National Boating Safety School that may help.

Remember to always wear a Personal Flotation Device and have access to a whistle. First Aid equipment should also be accessible.

For more information on water safety visit the Canadian Red Cross website.

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