Simple Snowboarding Precautions
When you head out to a mountain with your snowboard, you need to avoid snowboarding injuries. Snowboarding can be very dangerous if taken lightly, so take one or two simple precautions so you don’t end up being the one stuck on the side lines whilst your friends have all of the fun on the slopes!
What Are The Main Causes Of Snowboarding Injuries?
Skiing and snowboarding are thwart with injuries.The types of injury typically sustained by participants can range from simple sprains to considerable trauma types.
Skiing requires good strong conditioning. There is immense speed, strength, balance, and flexibility requirements upon the participant.
Snowboarding on the other hand, although requiring similar conditioning, is fundamentally different. These difference tend to result in very different bodily injuries for both.
Typical Snowboarding Injuries
In snowboarding, both feet are attached to the same board. They are immutable and always point the same direction. The knees, in this respect, are protected from significant twisting and turning.
The upper body, on the other hand, is vulnerable to taking the full impact and consequence of a fall. When a snowboarder falls, it is common for the full force of their weight to be taken by their hands, shoulders, rear-ends, or heads.
Commonly, the most typical snowboard injury is the fracturing of the wrist. Obviously, these are closely followed by; wrist sprains, elbow contusions and dislocations.
The shoulder also takes a good beating resulting in contusions and rotator cuff injuries. Broken collarbones are common, so too are concussions, and other head and neck injuries. One wonders what the attraction to the sport is!
Rotator cuff injuries
Rotator cuff injuries to the shoulder are typically treated in a conservative manner employing strength programs. Anti-inflammatory pills for contusions and swelling are the norm as well as rest. Once injured the healing process must be respected to avoid serious consequences.
It is important in any potential traumatic injury prone sports and activities that essential safety equipment be used, to lessen the risk of injury. Snowboarding through trees, off jumps, and tricks requires elbow, knee and helmets to be worn.
Preventing Snowboarding Injuries
If you’re just starting out in snowboarding and are a basic novice, you will need to take stock f the potential injury dangers and dress up suitably with the best safety gear you can afford.
Investing in wrist and elbow pads will ease the pressures and forces in the event of a fall. Knee pads will also prevent contusions. Probably the best investment will be in a pad for the tail-bone because that’s where most beginners spend their time… on their asses!
To protect the shoulders and the rest of your body from falls it’s a good idea to learn different techniques to falling. Fall to the protected areas of you body a=instead of leaving everything to luck.
On a final note, think about taking a few lessons from a qualified instructor or an experienced snowboarder before venturing onto the slopes. It will make your time out on the mountain much more enjoyable and you’ll be pointed in the right direction from day one.