There is an estimated 1.4 million licensed anglers in the state of Minnesota, spending on average 15 days of fishing per year. As an avid fisherman living in the “land of 10,000 lakes” (11,842 to be exact), a common injury that I have experienced is of the shoulder, after all, cast after cast waiting for that elusive once in a lifetime trophy to bite can take quite some time.
The muscles that support the shoulder, known as the rotator cuff, is made up of 4 key muscles that help to stabilize the joint and allow for complex or dynamic mobility. Poor casting posture, muscle imbalances, and overuse can potentially lead to strain of these muscles and result in increased shoulder pain.
Casting with your entire body, not just your shoulder and elbow will not only help you cast farther and more precisely but will increase your time out on the water because you will not fatigue as quickly. In order to cast properly, it is very important to have a stable core to support the strength that it requires to land your trophy of a lifetime! Frequent positional changes and stretches in the boat or on land will prevent you from developing an overuse injury before it’s too late.
Consulting a physical therapist at PTOSI will help identify potential factors that are causing your injury. A combination of manual techniques and specific exercises can get you back out on the water and enjoy this pastime for years to come.