Snowboarding is a physical activity that requires quick reflexes, balance, flexibility, and strength. As with other sports such as skiing, snowboarding may result in injuries more common to the sport. This means that unlike skiing – which largely affects the knees and the lower extremities and frequently results in injuries such as tears to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) – snowboarding affects the upper extremities. The most common snowboarding related injuries are injuries to the wrist, followed by broken collar bones, and then concussions.
How then, can a snowboarder prevent such injuries from occurring? Experts claim that the first step towards injury prevention is having the appropriate protective gear. Wrist and elbow guards are important in making sure that the forces involved in a fall do not seriously impact these joints of the upper body. In addition, other protective gear such as knee pads and tailbone pads can provide protection of other specific parts of the body likely to be injured during a fall.
For beginners and for those crossing over from skiing, it is recommended that they invest in lessons from a qualified instructor in order to learn proper snowboarding technique. This is a fundamental step towards injury prevention. Learning more about the anatomy and physiology of the parts of the body likely to be injured is also a great step towards preventing injuries.