When surfers damage their surfboards, mortals send them off for ding repair. Professional surfers can do the same or merely grab another board from their quiver of multiple boards. It helps to have sponsors!
When they damage their bodies, repair is not quite as easy and replacement rarely an option but the pros have access to evaluation and treatment when they travel for competition.
Today I had the pleasure of working on the medical staff at the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. I will be back at the venue later this week as well. I was part of a team of chiropractic and medical doctors, physical therapists, athletic trainers and massage therapists who were on hand to patch up surfers from around the world. In addition to hands on examinations, treatment and advice for self-care, the community of surfers is getting exposed to an innovative line of clothing that, as odd as it may seem, can improve posture, reduce injuries, enhance performance and reduce pain.