Snowboarding is a fun sport to take on but it has its share of risks that you need to be mindful of. Nothing would suck more than coming back from a snowboarding trip with a sprained wrist or a broken leg. There are several broad safety measures you can abide by to diminish the danger of snowboarding injury.
Make certain you are in shape to snowboard. Prepare for your winter sports trip with a training programmed to advance core stability and muscle. Endurance and leg strength is predominantly critical to help in preventing injuries.
Wear the right layers of clothing that don't restrict your movement when snowboarding. You don't want to be all bulged up and not able to move freely. If you can't move then you can't snowboard the right way and the total thrill aspect is gone.
Much like any other sporting activity, always warm up and cool down when snowboarding. Prior to hitting the slopes take some time warming up and doing some stretching to help prepare your body for action.
The top injury that a large majority of the snowboarders get is a wrist injury. Falls are more frequent when snowboarding. The instinctive response to a fall is to extend a hand to break the fall, and falls tend to happen more often in novices. For this reason, Colles fractures Scaphoid and fractures of the wrist are a comparatively common with around 100,000 wrist fractures around the world among snowboarders every year. Snowboarders must wear wrist guards as they significantly cut down the incidence of wrist injuries during falls. Another more common injury is head injury which could lead to serious concussion. Helmets are good in reducing the relative incidence of minor concussions during low speed collisions. Make sure to grab both of these snowboarding gears when you do your shopping for snowboarding.
You might think this will save you money, but ultimately it may cost you thousands in hospital bills. Do not borrow gear from friends; it significantly increases your chance of injury. If you are renting equipment be sure you hire from a recommended store. Ensure that all the gear fits the right way. This will help avoid severe injuries and unnecessary falls because of non fitting equipment.
Another good tip is to use 'multi-mode' release bindings whenever possible. The superior release useable in modern bindings is but one factor that has helped in preventing injuries. Rear release boots can importantly bring down the risk of ACL injury.
Self-test your bindings each day. Self testing of bindings is realy simple. Step into the binding then twist to the side to eject the toe-piece under the control mechanism. The heel can be tested by stepping into the binding and inclining forward, to release the heel-piece. Both the toe and heel must be able to release when properly adjusted.
The concluding suggestion is to follow the FIS Rules for Conduct in Winter Sports.
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