Rudi Meir . . . is inviting surfers to take part in injury study.
Rudi Meir . . . is inviting surfers to take part in injury study.

Rudi probes surf injuries

Suffolk Park sports researcher and scientist Rudi Meir is heading a study investigating the prevalence of surfing injuries in Australia.


Mr Meir, senior lecturer in sport management and exercise science at Southern Cross University, is conducting the study in conjunction with Surfing Australia and with funding received from the New South Wales (NSW) Sporting Injuries Committee.


Staff from the university’s School of Health and Human Sciences are also involved in the study.


“Surfing is an iconic Australian sport and yet very little research has been conducted into it as a pastime,” said Mr Meir.


“This project will examine one aspect of participation in the form of injury prevalence and we certainly hope to ultimately conduct more research in this sport.”


As part of the study, surfers are being invited to participate in an online survey which will provide valuable information on injury rates, types and severity of injury, skin cancer and general surf safety.


Sport development manager for Surfing Australia Chris Symington said surfing was a great sport and enormously popular, with some 2.5 million participants in Australia and many more millions from around the world.


Mr Symington said Surfing Australia hoped the project would be the first of many that would shed more light into the sport and its participants.


“Ultimately, it may well allow bodies such as Surfing Australia and the NSW Sport Injuries Committee to develop policies and guidelines that can work to further enhance the experience of surfers,” he said.


The survey is available via http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/surfinginjuryproject2010 and participation is anonymous.


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