Beach flags to blame for fractures

Surf lifesaving athletes most commonly injure themselves taking part in beach flags competitions or racing surf boats and inflatable rescue boats (IRBs), a study finds.

There were 2650 injuries during surf sport competition or training in Australia between 2003 and 2011.

Activities involving IRBs accounted for 20% of competition injuries and 30% of training injuries.

For competition injuries, 14% were sustained during beach flags and 11%