No net gain without pain

2019-03-06 04:11:21

FLY-FISHING may look serene and peaceful, but it can produce aches and pains matching those typical of rougher sports. Keith Berend, an orthopaedic surgeon at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina, surveyed 131 fly-fishing enthusiasts and found that more than two-thirds had lower-back pain. A smaller proportion had wrist, elbow or shoulder pain, he told last week’s annual meeting of the Southern Orthopedic Association in Couer d’Alene, Idaho. Berend blames the repetitive motion needed to keep the fly dancing on the water like a live insect. To make matters worse,