Hawkesbury Canoe Classic 2014
Last weekend (25-26 Oct), Andrew Krause (Physiotherapist) from Arrow Physiotherapy volunteered his services for the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic (HCC). The HCC is a 24 hour, 100km endurance paddling event.
The HCC event is not for the faint hearted and this year paddlers were faced with extreme heat, hail and fog. On the upside, the hot night and co-operative water current created otherwise immaculate conditions for paddling, with multiple event records being broken.
Participants in the event range from the competitive through to those just out for a bit of fun. A special mention to a custom single man craft dubbed “The Coffin” due to its casket resemblance. Ironically, “The Coffin” pulled out of the event due to structural compromise, which may have otherwise resulted in a sea burial!
Andrew spent his time attending to injured paddlers as well as supervising and teaching the large number of physiotherapy students also in attendance. Andrew reports that “the usual thoracic spine injuries were of highest prevalence across the weekend and fortunately all paddlers were able to continue in the event following treatment”. Andrew also recommends that paddlers focus on improving and/or maintaining thoracic spine flexibility prior to any future event of this nature.
For more information about the HCC, visit http://www.canoeclassic.asn.au/
For advice regarding injuries or injury prevention for paddling events, speak with your physiotherapist.