Although rarely mentioned, water skiing poses certain dangers to both men and women. Besides the obvious dangers of drowning or colliding with a boat or propeller, severe injuries to the vagina, perineum or rectum can occur when a water skier falls into the water at high speed. Depending on the location of impact, the water skiier may end up with a water skiing douche or water skiing enema.
When a water skier falls backward towards the water in a sitting position and the buttocks strike the water with great force, this unintentional maneuver causes a flood of water to enter into the vagina or rectum. The worst case scenario is severe lacerations to the vagina wall or a rectal blow out.
The speed and force of the impact can significantly influence the amount of water that is forced into the body cavity and is a major factor in the severity of the internal damage. Injuries caused by the water's force can include tears in the vaginal wall, vaginal perforation, and damage to the bladder, cervix, uterus or fallopian tubes.
Other substantial injuries can also occur internally including a severed artery, displacement of the colon, and injury to the bowels. Similar types of injuries can occur if a rider falls backwards off a jet ski with their legs apart or when children attempt to sit on a high pressure water jet in a water fountain at a water park or public monument.
The most common indication that the water skiing douche or water skiing enema has occurred is the visible presence of blood seeping from the vaginal or rectal area. Bleeding can start unexpectedly and can turn into a medical emergency very quickly so prompt medical attention is absolutely necessary. If left untreated, severe blood loss and going into shock are possible.
Initial treatment for vaginal or rectal lacerations will include the placement of perineal pressure packs on the area to control bleeding and possibly anti-shock trousers may be used.
Often in cases when the vaginal or rectal wall has been lacerated or an artery severed, emergency surgery under a general anesthesia is required to repair the damage and stop the bleeding. In the most severe cases, long term health problems can persist if the damage involves the bowel, bladder or fallopian tubes.
Many amateur water skiers are not aware that such accidents can occur while they are enjoying a ride across the water's surface. Many of them unwittingly wear regular swimsuits, which offer no protection against pressurized water injuries to the vaginal, perineal and rectal areas.
The water skiing douche and water skiing enema can be prevented by donning swim gear especially designed for water and jet skiers. Professional water skiers are well aware of the dangers of hitting the water at high speed and wear protective swim pants that protect against perineal and internal injuries.
If you are planning your summer fun in the sun on water skis, be sure to talk to a water skiing expert and get fitted with the proper water skiing wear to avoid the potentially fatal water skiing douche and water skiing enema.
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