The most commonly experienced snowboarding injuries are:
In general, injuries to upper extremities, including wrists, elbows and shoulders, are more common than those to lower extremities; knee injuries, for example, are becoming increasingly rare, thanks to the continued evolution of snowboards.
Beginners are at a heightened risk of sustaining personal injuries including wrist injuries and fractures, while expert snowboarders tend to be more prone to sustain ankle injuries while performing stunts, for instance.
Head and spine
Head and spinal injuries, though comparatively rare are still more common in snowboarding accidents than in skiing accidents. The risk of sustaining a head injury in a snowboarding accident is twice that of sustaining a similar injury in a skiing accident, while spinal snowboarding related injuries are four times as likely to occur as spinal skiing injuries.
Other health hazards
Snowboarding collisions can also result in spleen injuries and blunt chest traumas leading to pulmonary air leaks. Inadequately dressed snowboarders stuck after an accident in the snow could also suffer from hypothermia, and anyone landing head first into deep snow could, if incapacitated and unable to free themselves, die by asphyxiation. Sunburn and myocardial infarction, especially in older snowboarders, are also a risk.
Many of the injuries sustained by snowboarders are the result of slips, trips and falls. Other injuries are caused by snowboarders over-estimating their own abilities; underestimating dangers presented by the environment and/or not wearing suitable clothing and footwear. Injuries by faulty equipment, though rare, have also been known to occur.
Snowboarding; slip, trip and fall and other related injuries can often be prevented by wearing the right clothing and footwear to suit the occasion; checking your equipment before heading for the snow; being aware of your limits and capabilities and generally watching your step. Slip and trip injuries in particular are preventable by simply watching where you are going.
When mishaps do occur
Should you fall victim to an accident while snowboarding through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim for personal injury compensation. No win no fee* public liability claims can be initiated by completing the 30-second test on our website or by calling the confidential 24/7 Accident Advice Helpline Freephone line, on 0800 689 0500, and discussing your case with an advisor. Being a law firm, not a claims management company, at Accident Advice Helpline we have our own nationwide legal team, so you will know you are dealing with skilled, experienced professionals throughout the entire claim process.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice