Tips to prevent snowboard injuries

Snowboarding is one of the 10 sport and recreational activities causing children injuries severe enough to merit emergency medical attention, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

“Ski injury experts agree that snowboarding carries a slightly higher risk of injury than traditional downhill skiing,” said Dr. Bruce Bonanno, an emergency physician and member of the ACEP. “Research indicates that a snowboarder is likely to injure some area of the body every 250 days they spend snowboarding.”

Try these tips from ACEP to prevent common snowboarding injuries:

Wrist Fractures and/or Sprains: Falls are the most common cause of wrist fractures and sprains. These injuries are caused when snowboarders lose their balance or catch an edge and attempt to break the fall with their hands.
Tip: Wear wrist guards.

Ankle Sprains and Fractures: Both ankle sprains and ankle fractures are more common in snowboarders than in skiers, mainly due to equipment differences.
Tip: Hard-shell, rather than soft-shell boots, may be more likely to protect against ankle sprains.

Spinal Cord Injuries: Snowboarding is considered an “extreme sport” and enthusiasts often push the limits of their ability doing tricks on half pipes and jumps. Although still relatively rare, the incidence of serious spinal injuries is on the increase.
Tip: Wear a helmet and take lessons from a qualified instructor. Avoid attempting stunts without proper instruction, practice and protection.

Head Injuries: While head injuries account for only a small number of total injuries among skiers and snowboarders, they are the number one cause of death and serious injury for people engaged in these sports.

As a former ski bum at Alta, Utah and now a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and knowledgeable and experienced Physical Therapist, Rick Jusko can help you get ready for the winter recreation that lies ahead this season.

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