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Snowboarding Injury Overview

The most common injuries in snowboarding are typically to the wrists and head. The primary concern for snowboarders is sustaining a wrist fracture, as it is instinct to fall onto an outstretched hand during a loss of balance.


Head injuries in snowboarding, although not very common, can still be quite dangerous.

Snowboarding head injuries typically happen during either a collision with another rider, impact with a snow surface, or from a lift accident. These snowboarding injuries are usually minor and non life-threatening, such as surface abrasions or lacerations, however more severe injuries can include unconsciousness or skull fractures.

Snowboarding Injury Prevention Tips

  • Be open to receiving proper instruction. Riders who take a few lessons by a professional are far less likely to get injured than those that "self teach".
  • Have your equipment checked regularly to ensure that there's a good fit and everything is in working order.
  • Warm up and cool down before and after each run. This is an easy way to prevent muscle injuries.
  • Recognize when you need a rest, or something is beyond your skill level.

Proper Prevention With Snowboard Equipment

Using the correct snowboard protective gear to prevent injuries such as wrist fractures is vital. Wrist guards and protective snowboarding gloves stabilize the wrist and lower arm to provide more support during a fall. They disperse the force of the impact into the guard instead of the wrist.

Wearing a snowboard helmet and snowboard goggles that fit correctly is also key to prevent snowboarding injuries. They protect the head and face from impact, abrasions, and allow for proper sight and UV protection on the slopes.

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