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The Most Common Boat-Related Injuries We See

Boating is one of Miami’s most popular recreational activities throughout Florida. Drawn by the warmer waters that are teeming with fish and plenty of space for all the watersports you could ever want, tourists and residents alike make the most of their time on the water. Unfortunately, however, boat-related injuries happen all the time because of so many boats on the water at the same time all year long. 

There’s simply no messing around when it comes to boat-related injuries, and the injury and recovery professionals at Impact Medical Miami have helped many patients that have been injured while enjoying their time on the water. Whether you’re dealing with a boat-related injury right now or not, it’s essential to understand what the most common boat-related injuries are so you know when you need to seek the compassionate and specialized care of professionals like the team here at Impact Medical. 

Here’s our list of the most common boat-related injuries that we see.

The Dangers

You’re out there riding that perfect wake on the wakeboard, or you are cruising along in the boat and having the best time ever. Until you hit the water headfirst or you must stop abruptly throwing your body forward. The truth is, either of these situations can cause significant injury to your back, neck, and spine. 

One of the most common injuries that we see are injuries from:

  • Being ejected from a boat or other watercraft
  • Capsizing
  • Colliding with objects in the water. 
  • Wiping Out

All of these types of boat-related accidents can cause significant injury to your body because of how you twist or turn your body—yet they happen more often than you think.

The Most Common Injuries We See


One of the most common injuries that we see in boat-related injuries is whiplash. While it’s typically associated with being in a car accident, the physics of hitting the water when you’re thrown from the boat or wiped out badly are the same. Whiplash can occur anytime that your body has to stop suddenly and unexpectedly.

Sprains & Strains

Because your body is often contorting in ways that it’s not used to moving, boating accidents can lead to bad sprains and strains on your joints and muscles. These types of injuries can sneak up on you a few days to a few weeks after the accident, which is why it’s vital to seek out the care of a professional chiropractor even if you don’t think you’re injured. 

Lower Back Injuries

Your lower back is one of the most problematic areas of your body during a fall in a boating accident. That’s because you may be curling over to protect yourself from further injury or even crash through the water on your back. Lower back injuries can lead to long-term chronic pain if a specialist doesn’t address them. 

How We Can Help

Getting professional chiropractic care after a boating accident is critical to your ability to recover quickly and start enjoying the water again. Here at Impact Medical Miami, we can help diagnose your injury correctly and ensure you get the proper care you need to recover. 

When you trust your recovery to Impact Medical, we’re able to: 

  • Adjust and correct any spinal misalignment
  • Reduce pain and swelling.
  • Help improve your mobility.
  • Promote long-term healing and recovery. 
  • Build back strength and flexibility.

Stop Living with Boat-Related Injury Pain.

If you think you’ve been injured in a boating accident or you took a nasty fall on the water, be sure to call the Impact Medical team in Miami right away. We’re here to help you optimize your recovery through comprehensive and professional medical care. 

Your road to wellness starts here… So, give us a call today at (786)-789-3171.