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Researchers Explore Factors Contributing To Beach Injuries

Researchers are looking into the factors that contribute to surf-zone injuries.
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Researchers are looking into the factors that contribute to surf-zone injuries.

The summer season in full swing and thousands upon thousands of people are taking a dip in the ocean each and every weekend. A new study is exploring whether or not there’s a rise in surf-zone injuries.

Researchers are cross referencing the number of surf-zone related emergency room visits with things like wave height, length, and where the waves are breaking along the Delaware coastline.

Wendy Carey with the University of Delaware’s Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service is one of those researchers. She says scientists are still crunching the numbers but one thing they're seeing early on is one group seems to be at a higher risk.

“We were a bit surprised that there were so many injuries to Delaware residents," she says.

Carey says locals that may be more likely to fall victim to surf-zone injuries simply because they're in the water more.

Regardless of whether those injuries are on the rise, though, she says if you are going to go in the ocean this summer, be sure to swim at a beach with a lifeguard on duty, and have a chat about the waves and the currents with the guy or gal with the whistle before you jump in.

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