by Sports Therapy And Rehabilitation, January 23, 2017
As we head towards the heart of winter, most people cringe at the frigid temperatures ahead. Snowboarders, on the other hand, tend to get excited during this time because it means yet another opportunity to head to their mountain-of-choice for some snow.
Snowboarding is an incredibly popular sport that sees millions of Americans partake in each year. Unfortunately, it can also be dangerous. This is especially true for beginners that attempt trails out of their skill levels and for very advanced snowboarders that push the envelope too far. Not following the rules of the mountain can also cause injury.
Snowboarding injuries usually involve the wrist, shoulders and ankle. The main reason is that snowboarders can’t step out of a leg to recover from a potential hazard or fall, which often causes them to outstretch their hand(s) to break their landing. This is why wrist injuries are by far the most common injuries snowboarders suffer. Ankle injuries, including sprains and “snowboarder’s ankle,” also occur frequently due to the increased pressure placed on the ankles and calves while snowboarding.
If you plan on snowboarding this season, there are several precautions you should follow to reduce your risk of injury. We recommend the following:
- If you’re a beginner to snowboarding, use soft boots; for more advanced snowboarders, understand the pros and cons of soft vs. hard boots
- Teach yourself to fall on your elbows rather than your hands/wrists; keep your hands in a closed fist position, and if it seems like you’re going to fall, tuck your arms in and point your elbows out to withstand the force
- Follow the code of conduct on the mountain at all times; for example, stay in control, stop in safe places, look both ways when merging, allow those ahead of you to have the right of way, and obey all signs and markers
- Work on your balance, core strength and leg strength throughout the season, which will all improve performance and reduce injury risk
We hope you have fun on the mountain this year, but please be safe while doing so. If you’d like to improve your strength and balance, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation in Washington, DC can provide you with a program. Contact us at 202-223-1737 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment, or click here for more information.