In this video, Ken Whiting of PaddleTV talks about the different pains associated with kayaking, and ways you can make paddling a more comfortable and enjoyable experience.
Pains of Paddling
Transporting your kayak to and from the launch - The best way to alleviate the pain caused by this is by using a kayak cart.
Getting into your kayak - Sit-on-top kayaks are easier to get in and out of than a sit-inside kayak. Most SOT kayaks also have adjustable seating positions making the whole process of getting in and out more comfortable.
Lower back pain - Stretching and strength training are helpful in alleviating the lower back pain associated with kayaking. Tight hamstrings can cause back pain when you’re sitting in a kayak, so make sure you stretch your hamstrings. Having an elevated seating position using a framed seat can also prevent lower back pain.
Shoulder pain - Consider using a pedal kayak to eliminate the strain that paddling puts on your shoulders.
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