As winter approaches and the snow starts to fall, ski mountains across the world become coated in fresh powder. Millions of Americans get ready for a day out on the slopes, anticipating the feeling of the wind against their face and the adrenaline rush. Unfortunately, this beautiful and pleasurable sport comes with its own set of risks. From fluctuating weather conditions and dangerous terrain to irresponsible riders and simple mistakes, accidents are a common component of winter sports.
What’s the difference between skiing and snowboarding injuries?
The major difference between skiing and snowboard injuries have to do with the physical bindings on your feet. Snowboarders are fixed to a single board, leading to minimal to no motion when strapped in. When snowboarders fall, they usually put their hands out to try and “brace for impact”. While this can protect them from some injuries, it means upper extremity injuries such as dislocations and fractures are common.
Skiers are free movers as they have two separate bindings allowing for more motion and control. When they fall, one leg usually gets planted and twisted leading to a large amount of lower extremity injuries such as knee ligament sprains or tears.
How can I prevent these injuries?
If you plan to head out to the slopes, there are a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost, make sure you have proper clothing on to stay warm in the harsh conditions. Helmets are a vital piece of equipment to have. While some people will tell you they are not required, they can mean the difference between a minor fall and a major accident.
Aside from wearing the right gear and ensuring it is working correctly, be sure to take care of your body. Staying hydrated and taking frequent breaks can prevent fatigue from setting in, and staying on your appropriate trail will help with being caught off guard on trails.
The last and most important thing to remember when snowboarding or skiing is that when you fall, just fall. Don’t be scared of the ground and allow your body to absorb the impact, allowing for a lower risk of significant injury. Winter sports are meant to be fun, and following these simple guidelines can help ensure safety!
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