So who are we and what do we do?
The Surfer’s Medical Association (SMA) is an international, not for profit organization of health-care professionals who frequently treat surfers as patients and who are surfers themselves. The SMA promotes research, training and education regarding the trauma and disease factors, which affect surfers and is dedicated to helping all surfers be healthier. The Association is committed to community service, especially in testing and implementing models of health-care delivery for underdeveloped regions where surfing has an impact.
The term Surfing Medicine was first coined by a group of renegade surfers in the mid 1980’s from their time-spent surfing in Fiji. This group of men was not only the first to surf some of the well-known, majestic breaks in the South Pacific; they were also doctors. These doctors and, throughout the years, other medical professionals, including men and women, went on to take care and give-back to multiple villages around the world from Nabila and Momi Village in Fiji, to Mexico, to Central America, to Indonesia, the Caribe, and several other Pacific Islands. From this concept, sprung the development of an association, known as The Surfer’s Medical Association. Some of our founding members are even mentioned in the NYT best-seller, Barbarian Days.
SMA has members that include medical doctors, doctors of osteopathic medicine, psychiatrists, psychologists, dentists, mid-level providers such as physician assistant and nurse practitioners, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, fire-fighters, life-guards, occupational therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, nurses, nutritionists, social workers, meditation/mindfulness experts, life-coaches, athletic trainers, physiotherapists, massage therapists, rolfers, laboratory technicians, barefoot doctors and many more.
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What We Do
The SMA promotes research, training and education regarding the trauma and disease factors which affect surfers and is dedicated to helping all surfers be healthier.
The Association is committed to community service, especially in testing and implementing models of health-care delivery for underdeveloped regions where surfing has an impact.
In addition to surfing physicians, scientists and other licensed health-care professionals, the organization includes “barefoot doctors” (ordinary surfers who have sufficient training and skills to be effective first responders in remote locations where medical facilities are not readily accessible).