|Title||Lifeguarding: The Sport, the Profession, the Hazards|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||1997|
|Conference Name||International Medical-Rescue Conference|
|Publisher||International Life Saving Federation|
|Conference Location||San Diego, California, USA|
Lifeguarding is a special combination of several athletic activities and a grueling test of physical fitness. The very nature of rescuing— the “cold starts,” the running on soft sand, the stress on back and shoulders, and other characteristics— may make lifeguards more vulnerable to injury than other athletes. Since lifeguarding combines aspects of several sports, lifeguards sustain common but unrelated sports injuries such as “swimmer’s shoulder” and shin splints. Lifeguards can also suffer from injuries peculiar to lifeguarding, such as foot lacerations. Proper conditioning and protection can be the keys to reducing incidence of injuries among lifeguard athletes.