As with any type of outdoor activity, recreational or otherwise, fishing has its own roster of commonly experienced injuries, with different fishers experiencing them in differing degrees.
Though not exactly accident induced injuries, below are the top three fishing related injuries, as described and defined by different fishers of different ages.
The “Fisher’s Elbow” – if Tennis players and Golf aficionados have the Tennis Elbow or the Golfer’s Elbow, fishers are known to experience the “fisher’s elbow” or the “fishing elbow”.
Defined by the “repetitive motions involved in the act fishing, the “fisher’s elbow” is somewhat experienced in the forearm and elbow area, particularly when muscle or joint pains are experienced when a fisher moves his or her arms about.
A sharp pain experienced outside the elbow joint is typically the marker for the “fisher’s elbow”.
Shoulder pain – considered as more complex when compared against the “fisher’s elbow”, shoulder pains stand to be one of the more common fishing related injuries experienced by fishers, particularly by those who tend to fish for extended durations.
Given the complex state of the condition, fishers are not advised to force themselves into fishing if they are experiencing shoulder pains.
Wrist/Forearm Pain – with the repetitive motions of pitches and/or flips, wrist or forearm pains are also commonly experienced forms of injury when talking about fishing, one that is typically associated with standing still and upright for a long period of time, with a fisher’s forearms only moving about.
Should a fisher experience any of the above mentioned fishing injuries, it is highly advised for that fisher to visit his or her doctor as soon as possible, in an effort to curtail the onset of pain, as well as thoroughly assess the overall reason why pain in parts of the body is being experienced.