News from our men in Vienna …
Surfing is our love, medicine our passion, but we are not only surfers! EASD members are also Skaters, Snowboarders, Kite-surfers, Windsurfers, and many of them wakeboarders. Belonging to the board sport family, wakeboarding produces similar injuries and health problems as surfing does. For many years, the surf community in Austria is turning to wakeboarding to stay sharp in the water, owing to the fact Austria is a landlocked country and the nearest break is six hours drive away!
Wakeboarding is the nearest thing to getting some board time on the continent. The EASD is proud to share our experiences as Event Medical Team, for the 2nd time, at the Wake Control International Competition (4th World Tour event) in Vienna.
Martin Neudorfer, MD, GP, Consultant in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Emergency and Sports Doctor, was there on-site taking care of competitors and representing the EASD. Phew … that’s a hell of a lot of titles for one doc! But a comprehensive knowledge is essential when encountering injuries in this sport.
The Wake Control Tour is an annual event, taking place on the Danube at Wake UP in the heart of Vienna, featuring the leading sportsmen&women from Europe and around the globe. It is our pleasure to support the great people behind this event, with their conscientiousness and professionalism concerning competitors’ health, safety, and risk management, and the importance of on-site medical expertise to ensure delivery of same at wake boarding events.
Michael Machek, owner of Wake UP Strandbar/Restaurant/Wakeboard Lift is a seasoned surfer, having frequented many ‘World Class’ breaks.
The EASD is delighted to have had the great pleasure to work with Michael and his Team. They, and the organizers of Wake Control, deserve congratulations and the warmest of compliments for the organisation of this excellent event.
Here are some of the facts …
Event Medical Team: EASD Surfing Doctor, Martin Neudorfer on-site
Wind: NW 45 km/hr, gusty
Cable Speed 32 km/hr
Contest Type: Freestyle (including obstacles, rails, turns…)
Two injuries were evaluated, fibular fracture and a toe fracture.
Both injuries were diagnosed correctly on-site by using simple pre-hospital clinical examination methods. The fractures were subsequently confirmed by radiology on the same day in a nearby hospital.
Fracture of fibular shaft
But let’s hear what Martin had to say:
“One rider hurt himself at the ankle. A bruise and swelling over the lateral malleolus was visible. After clinical examination (palpation and testing the stability), it was obvious that there was a fracture of the distal fibula; splinting, cooling, and transportation to the nearest hospital for further treatment was organized. Unfortunately for the board rider involved, the diagnosis was confirmed by X-ray. On the plus side, surgery was not necessary. The rider will be in a cast for several weeks, which inevitably means time-out-of-the-water. We wish him a speedy and uncomplicated recovery!”
This clear diagnostic pathway gives us an insight into what is possible with the correct pre-hospital medical training. Martin Neudorfer, MD, will be lecturing on this and much more at the next ASLS Course in 2015.
European Association of Surfing Doctors (EASD) “Keeping the Boardrider Healthy and Safe”