Paddler health – a winter venture

To put it simply, if you’re a paddler you are starting to get ready for the “season” which for us in the north starts when the ice goes out in April. First the rivers flood, then the lakes open up.

After I got a desk job with all the increased pay and benefits, I also started to get hurt more. My shoulder dislocated and then I hurt my lower back, neither of which I had ever had trouble with… All in one year. This was the year of sitting.

Now, paddlers do sit to paddle, but all the while proper stroke technique is increasing our core strength (good for the back) and the connective tissue and small endurance muscles. (the shoulder rotator cuff muscles)

But it’s too early to paddle so what to do to get ready? Check out our Paddler Heath page for updates on some strengthening ideas.

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