Snowboarding is a really fun sport but injuries are common. If you decide to participate in the sport of snowboarding, you need to be aware of the common risks associated with it. Nobody wants to return from a vacation with a broken arm or sprained ankle. You can greatly lessen your risk of injury by following certain safety measures.

You need to be in shape for the sport of snowboarding. Undertaking a muscle-building and strength training program before your trip is highly advised. having strong legs and good endurance will go a long way toward preventing injuries.

Your snowboarding apparel must suit the situation and not be confining or restrict your movement. If you are heavily bulked up you won't be able to move around freely. To use your snowboard properly and get all the thrill you seek, you have to be able to move freely.

You should warm up before snowboarding just like other activities or exercise. By taking time to warm up and stretch before hitting the slopes, you can help your body get ready for action and prevent muscle pulls and strains.

Wrist injuries are the top reported injury for snowboarders. If you fall, the natural response is to reach out with your hand to catch yourself from the fall. This is why fractures of the wrist are a very common characteristic of snowboarding. Worldwide, about 100,000 wrist fractures happen each year among snowboarders. Wearing wrist guards is ideal as they will greatly reduce the chance of wrist injuries if you happen to fall. A head injury is also a common injury and one that can lead to serious consequences. Wearing a helmet is recommended since they will help reduce the chance of an injury such as a minor concussion during a low velocity collision.

A man snowboarding down a mountain by dalrathkiDon't try to save money, by borrowing snowboarding equipment from friends; you may not know what shape it is in and you may significantly increase your chance of injury. Renting equipment is O.K. as long as you rent from a reputable store. You also need to make sure that everything fits properly. Loose fitting equipment can present hazards of it own and help cause serious injuries.

Doing a simple self-test of your bindings each day will help prevent injuries. With your foot in the binding, twist to one side and release the toe-piece that is under the control mechanism. You can test the heel by stepping into the binding and then lean toward the front, which releases the heel-piece. If the toe and the heel are properly adjusted, they both should be able to release.

I hope these snowboarding safety tips will help you come home in one piece and you can prevent injuries as long as you keep snowboarding safety in mind.