Snowboarding – The Safety Aspects Involved
There is some level of risk involved in snowboarding, just like in various other winter sports. The rate of injury in case of snowboarding is almost double the rate of risk involved in case of alpine skiing. Beginners are generally more susceptible to injuries in this winter sport. Thus, those snowboarders who have not taken lessons from the professional instructors are definitely more susceptible to getting injured as a result of this sport.
In fact it has been seen, that one-forth of the injuries related to snowboarding have been seen in the riders who are indulging in this activity for the first time. There are lesser chances of any injuries in the experienced snowboarders. However, when at all the injuries take place in these snowboarders, they are most of the times severe in nature.
The part of the body that is most susceptible to get injured in snowboarding is the upper body of the person and to a lesser extent the lower part of the body can also get injured. However, this is different in the case of alpine skiing, where the chances of injury are greater in the lower body. Of all the injuries that happen in the snowboarders, the maximum number of injuries has been seen to involve wrist injuries. Amongst the wrist injuries, the most common are the wrist fractures. It is for this reason that use of wrist guards is generally made by the snowboarders. These guards generally exist as a part of the gloves itself. It is strongly recommended that all the snowboarders must make use of these guards.
The probability of head injury is greater in snowboarding in contrast to skiing. Head injuries are rare in the case of the experienced snowboarders but they can be definitely more severe in nature. Collisions can be the prime reason of head injuries in snowboarders and the other reason for head injuries could be heel-side turns. These type of turns could actually lead to the snowboarders could fall on the ground and they may be getting the head injury in the process. The type of head injury that may be faced in such a case is generally the occipital head injury. The use of helmets is generally recommended in this sport in order to ensure that such head injuries can be avoided.
Still another equipment that is also recommended for use by snowboarders is the protective eyewear. This is important as an injury may also be caused to the eyes due to impact. Another kind of affect to the eyes is the snow blindness. This can be caused as a result of the strong ultra-violet rays that are generally common in the areas that are snow-covered. In order to avoid snow blindness, the use of goggles that can be helpful in absorbing the ultra-violet rays is also recommended in snowboarding. Since the ultra-violet rays can also penetrate into the clouds, therefore, these goggles should also be worn on cloudy and on hazy days.
The likelihood of knee injury can be avoided as a mechanical support is generally available for the snowboarder as his feet are generally locked to the board. Injuries to the lower leg in the form of fractures have also been seen to a very lesser extent. In order to diagnose the common injuries that may be associated with snowboarding as a sport, the use of mountainside diagnostics or portable ultrasound may be made. In order to minimize any possible injuries, the snowboarding boot should also be ensured to be fitted really well.