Kayak Fatalities

Killing Yourself In a Kayak Isn’t Difficult

I had planned to write a post on the subject of kayak sporting accidents.  In researching the net for information, I found a thorough, well written article on Squidoo, titled, “How To Kill Yourself In A Kayak.” Just click on the link to get there.  I couldn’t have done a better job. Based on recent news stories, the author chronicles deadly kayaking mistakes, due to poor judgement.

Nature Doesn’t Forgive

I’ve written posts on the increase in hiking fatalities, and sports injuries.  The wilderness doesn’t forgive ignorance.   Before setting out, you must know about weather conditions, what to bring with you, what to wear,  local wildlife, and what to do during emergencies.  You have to be fit enough to handle your kayak, or whatever your chosen sport might be.

Shannon Christy, 23 Dies In Overturned Kayak

This is a sad story of a kayaker who died on the Potomac River in July 2013, when her kayak overturned, as she went down the rapids.  She became entrapped, and subsequently drowned.  ABC 7 covered the incident.

A Strong Core Means Better Paddling, Less Fatigue, Fewer Accidents

To take on sports, or recreational activities, you have to be fit.  In kayaking, you need a resilient core for effective paddling, as well as strong shoulders, and arms.  Your core stabilizes your spine and gives you the upper edge in your chosen sport, or recreational activity, because you’re able to produce more efficient force without hurting yourself.

When your core is weak, it makes other parts of your body take on roles they weren’t meant for. For example,  you might wind up with fatigue in your shoulders, or arms.  Worse yet, core weakness may result in overuse shoulder, and arm injuries associated with paddling.

An Excellent Core Exercise

Planks are one of the best, and least complicated exercises to strengthen your core.  Planks are performed on an exercise mat from several positions.

Click the links for instructions on how to do each exercise.

Abs on the ball   Downward Plank Abs On The Ball

 

 

 

  Pilates Upward Plank

 

 

 

Advanced side plank  Advanced Side Plank

 

 

 

 

Pilates For Kayakers CRISS CROSS

Click the link to read my post on specific Pilates exercises for kayakers.

Copyright 2014 Irene Pastore and TourDeCore.com

Posted on April 1, 2014, in core exercise, Exercise, Kayaking, Pilates and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Kayak Fatalities.

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