Canoe slalom

Do you know the most common injuries in canoeing?

Canoers perform a large number of repetitive movements, using core and upper body muscle power.

Along with poor technique, this can increase your risk of injury. In the shoulder, the rotator cuff muscles are most susceptible to injury. Together, these four muscles stabilize the shoulder joint and shoulder blade. When the arm is held above the head or behind the back impingement may result. Repetitive activity in this position can lead to irritation of these muscles, causing pain.

The back, elbow and forearm are also be vulnerable to injury.

Common injuries

  • Back pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Impingement of the rotator cuff
  • Labrum injury (SLAP)