As with all extreme sports, there are many perils within snowboarding. As a law firm with years of experience in all areas of personal injury compensation, including sports injuries, Accident Advice Helpline is expert when it comes to identifying the risks and dangers with sports. In this article, we take a closer look at some of the accidents that exist within snowboarding.
Snowboarding and slips, trips and falls
Slipping, tripping or faling can lead to nasty injuries. Snowboarders are particularly at risk of slipping, tripping or falling due to travelling at high speeds over icy and uneven terrain. It’s important to wear the proper protective gear when snowboarding in order to reduce the chances of injury. Ensure that you have appropriate footwear with good grip. A slip, trip or a fall on the slopes can lead to some serious injuries including head injury, lower limb injuries and spinal injuries. According to statistics published by Sky Inquiry, the most common injuries from slips, trips and falls are wrist injuries, accounting for 24.9 per cent of all injuries suffered by snowboarders.
Repetitive Strain Injuries
Repetitive Strain Injuries (also known as RSI) occur when a constant and excessive strain is placed on the same muscle groups. Snowboarders are at risk of suffering an RSI due to standing in a crouched position for an extended period of time, putting enormous pressure on the back and legs.
Frostbite occurs when body parts are exposed to extremely cold temperatures. As the body temperature drops, the blood vessels constrict and begin to form ice crystals which cause the cells to rupture. The best way to prevent frostbite is to keep warm. Again, the importance of wearing the correct protective clothing when snowboarding cannot be understated. If you are suffering from frostbite, it’s important to get away from the source of the cold as soon as possible. Do not attempt to thaw the affected area if there is a chance of refreezing. Thawing and refreezing creates a serious risk of severe tissue damage.
Accident Advice Helpline and sports injuries
Founded in 2000, Accident Advice Helpline’s legal team operates right across all areas of the UK and specialises in all areas of personal injury compensation. If you’ve suffered a sports injury within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Our lines are open 24/7 and all claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice