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Snowboarding Injuries You Must Avoidfrom: Maxx Adventure Travel
Snowboarding is a fun and exciting sport but it has some risks you must consider. Nothing would suck more than returning from a snowboarding trip with a broken leg or sprained wrist. There are a number of broad safety measures you need to follow to reduce the danger of a snowboarding injury.
Make sure you're in good enough physical shape to ski. Organize your winter sports trip with a training programmed to progress core stability and muscle. Endurance and leg strength is extremely vital in helping to prevent injuries.
Wear proper layers of clothing that won't confine your movement. You don't want to be too bulked up and unable to move freely. If you can't move, then you can't snowboard properly and all the thrill of the sport is eliminated.
As with any other sporting activity, warm up and cool down. Before hitting the slopes, take time to warm up and do some stretching to help train your body for action.
The top injury a majority of the snowboarders suffer is a wrist injury since falls are more frequent during snowboarding. The natural response to a fall is to stretch out your hand to break the fall, and falls tend to happen more often with beginners. Thus Colles fractures Scaphoid and fractures of the wrist are a quite common feature, with about 100,000 wrist fractures worldwide among snowboarders every year.
Snowboarders should wear wrist guards as they significantly reduce the incidence of wrist injuries if you fall. Head injuries are also common and can be very serious. Helmets effectively reduce the incidence of minor concussions during low velocity collisions, however. so make sure to get both of these when you're shopping for your snowboarding gear.
Don't borrow equipment from friends because it can significantly increases your risk of injury. If you're renting equipment, make sure you rent from a recommended store and make sure all your equipment fits properly. This helps avoid serious injuries and unnecessary falls due to poor fitting equipment.
Another good tip is to use 'multi-mode' release bindings, if possible. The superior release available in modern bindings is a major factor that will help prevent injuries. These rear release boots can significantly reduce the risk of ACL injury.
Make sure you do a self-test on your bindings every day. This is simple procedure to do. Step into the binding and then twist to the side to release the toe-piece under the control mechanism. The heel can be tested by stepping into the binding and leaning forward to release the heel-piece. Both the toe and heel should release if properly adjusted.
Follow the FIS Rules for Conduct in Winter Sports.
1. Respect for others
A skier or snowboarder must behave in such a way that he does not endanger or prejudice others.
2. Control of speed and skiing or snowboarding
A skier or snowboarder must move in control. He must adapt his speed and manner of skiing or snowboarding to his personal ability and to the prevailing conditions of terrain, snow and weather as well as to the density of traffic.
3. Choice of route
A skier or snowboarder coming from behind must choose his route in such a way that he does not endanger skiers or snowboarders ahead.
A skier or snowboarder may overtake another skier or snowboarder above or below and to the right or to the left provided that he leaves enough space for the overtaken skier or snowboarder to make any voluntary or involuntary movement.
5. Entering, starting and moving upwards
A skier or snowboarder entering a marked run, starting again after stopping or moving upwards on the slopes must look up and down the slopes so that he can do so without endangering himself or others.
6. Stopping on the piste
Unless it's absolutely necessary, a skier or snowboarder must avoid stopping on the piste in narrow places or where visibility is restricted. After a fall in such a place, a skier or snowboarder must move clear of the piste as soon as possible.
7. Climbing and descending on foot
A skier or snowboarder either climbing or descending on foot must keep to the side of the piste.
8. Respect for signs and markings
A skier or snowboarder must respect all signs and markings.
At accidents, every skier or snowboarder is duty bound to assist.
Every skier or snowboarder and witness, whether a responsible party or not, must exchange names and addresses following an accident.
Do everything you can to come home in one piece and start planning your next snowboarding adventure.
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