What is your sport: Competitive Paragliding

Paragliding is a light-weight, free-flying glider aircraft where the person sits below the suspended wing in a harness. The glider is able to control the aircraft via the use of suspension lines. 

And surprisingly, competitive paragliding and paragliding in general is a relatively new sport. It wasn’t until the 1980s that it really took off. Since then, there are thousands of qualified pilots worldwide. 

When it comes to competitive paragliding, there are three main types: cross-country flying, aerobatics competition, and hike & fly. The cross-country flying is the traditional form of paragliding competitions. It is competed on regional, national, and international stages. Aerobatics competition sees gliders perform highly-skilled moves. Interestingly, the aerobatics competitions are held for solo pilots as well as for synchronized teams. Hike & fly is ultimately a race to the finish where participants must hike and fly a certain distance over many days.

Paragliding is classified as an extreme sport. Potential for injury is based on the pilot’s skill level and experience, as well as equipment used. Much of the skill involved is rooted in understanding the site conditions and sufficient training to be able to perform emergency maneuvers, as well as control the wing. 


Bowling Injuries

Main Muscles Used in Competitive Paragliding:

Abdominals, Obliques, Adductors, and Glutes.

Common Muscle Injuries from Competitive Paragliding:

The most common competitive paragliding injuries include:

  • Spinal Injuries: Due to the impact and high degree of risk involved, spinal injuries are common in paragliding. The force of the landing or landing gone wrong can place stress on the spine resulting in fractures and other injuries.
  • Leg Injuries: Leg injuries are the most common type of injury in competitive paragliding. This, again, is due to the impact upon landing. 
  • Pelvic, Chest, or Abdominal Trauma: After leg and spinal injuries, these are the most common areas for paragliders to experience trauma or injury. It is not a sport that is recommended without proper and thorough training.

How Can You Alleviate Your Competitive Paragliding Injuries?

Many injuries in paragliding are caused by weather or terrain. Thus, for any paraglider, it is important to have a high degree of experience with all types of weather and terrain. The training involved is also important when it comes to preventing injuries, as this teaches a glider proper emergency techniques and important aspects regarding the equipment involved.

Since most competitive paragliding injuries are serious, it’s very important to seek immediate medical attention. 

Throughout your recovery, massage may be recommended by your doctor or physical therapist. Massage can help reduce tension, increase blood flow, decrease pain, and improve overall healing and well-being. 

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