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2021 Jan 06

Sports Med Open



The Surfer’s Shoulder: A Systematic Review of Current Literature and Potential Pathophysiological Explanations of Chronic Shoulder Complaints in Wave Surfers.


Langenberg L C, Vieira Lima G, Heitkamp S E, Kemps F L A M, Jones M S, de Moreira M A A G, Eygendaal D
Sports Med Open. 2021 Jan 06; 7(1):2.
PMID: 33409808.


Wave surfing will debut in the next Olympic Games and is increasingly popular as a sport. Chronic shoulder complaints are frequently reported amongst surfers, though literature researching its pathophysiology and prevention is scarce. This article provides an overview of the current literature, proposes a potential pathogenesis and a potential physiotherapeutic prevention program for surf-induced shoulder complaints.