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Reel In Nagging Back Pain With Safe Fishing Tips

Authored by Thomas Schuler, MD, FACS, FAAOS. July 1, 2016

Fishing elicits many memories of spending quality time on the lake and can either be a leisure activity or a competitive sport. Nowadays it is tinged with a bit of apprehension, however. Why you ask? Back pain. Spending hours on a boat with zero lumbar support, constantly hunched over can really do a number on your back. Read below for some helpful tips to avoid that nagging back pain so you can focus on the catch instead!

PROPER FOOTWEAR:
  • Shop at a specialty store: Bass Pro Shops, Orvis, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Rockport, etc.
  • Look for insoles that distribute your weight evenly
  • Insoles should also provide ample support {i.e. arch support if you have a high arch}
SUPPORTIVE FISHING BELT:
  • Select a belt that has considerable lumbar support
  • Elastic straps should be supportive to keep you standing straight
  • Select a belt that is also comfortable and will keep you cool on a hot summer day
SAFETY AND GENERAL GUIDELINES:
  • Make sure your personal area/boat desk is clear to avoid unneeded tangles and falls
  • Use the proper fishing equipment and tackle
  • Consult with a professional on form and technique
  • Take your time reeling in your catch. Being too hasty could lose your fish and, more importantly, injure your back
EXERCISE:
  • Exercise regularly; a strong core will help to ease back pain
  • Stretch before and after your fishing expedition
  • Contact your doctor before and after your fishing expedition
  • Contact your doctor before starting any exercise programs

Remember the old adage when purchasing your footwear and belt — “don’t buy the cheapest and expect the best”. Your health and wellbeing is an investment!

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