Ski/Snowboard Injury Prevention Page 3
may also injure their knees but more frequently they have arm or hand
fractures. The most common
injury is a fracture of the wrist.
Occasionally, boarders may also sustain a fracture of the ankle.
These injuries most often can be treated with casting.
times severe injuries can occur. Usually
these injuries are associated with tree collisions, reckless skiing and
man-made snow. The spectrum of head and neck injuries ranges from a mild
concussion to a spine fracture with subsequent paralysis. A concussion
may occur when a skier or boarder violently strikes his or her head
against a solid object. Helmets, therefore, may reduce the chance of
this relatively rare injury.
fatal injuries are quite rare. Typically, they occur when an experienced
male skier or snowboarder loses control while skiing or boarding too
fast and strikes a fixed object like a tree or pole. Death result
usually results from massive head or chest trauma. In the skier
population which is statistically older, heart attacks are also may play
a role in cause of death.
are many potential causes of skiing or snowboarding injuries.
Aggressive skiing or board such as taking on terrain beyond your
ability or going too fast is the most common.
Bindings that are set too tight or fail to release is also an
important cause. Icy snow
or poor visibility may contribute to the risk of injury.
Finally, poor skier or snowboarding condition may increase the
risk for either a fall or heart attack.
For skiers we recommend keeping your balance at all times and ski in control. For snowboarders, it is crucial to ride the mountain within your skill level and avoid big air type tricks. Consider also wearing wrist guards to protect you from a fracture. For both skiers and boarders, if you fall, donít try to get up until youíve stopped sliding, donít land on your hands, and donít attempt jumps unless you know how to land.