A new study by Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School shows that snowboarders are up to 3 times more likely to sustain injuries on the mountain than skiers. What this really means is our comment section is about to get LIT!
The Deccan Chronicle first reported on the study, which goes on to say that the most common physical ailments sustained by skiers/riders involve the “spine, pelvis, shoulder, wrist, hands, knees, foot and ankle.”
Lead researcher, Brett D. Owens went on to explain that the prevalence of these injuries are highly related to one’s ego? Who woulda guessed? Everyone… That’s who.
The study also says that skiers are predisposed to lower body injuries while snowboarders are more likely to hurt their wrists and shoulders. The team of researches compiled a list of things you can do to mitigate the chances of an on-hill ski injury.
Tips for not wrecking yourself while skiing/riding:
- Be prepared for the season with well-conditioned muscles and a body that is adequately hydrated.
- Be knowledgeable about how to use your equipment appropriately and ensure everything is in optimal working condition.
- Check that the ski bindings can release from your boots when appropriate and that boots fit appropriately.
- Check that the edges of your skis or snowboard are flat and sharp for maximum performance to minimise injuries.
- Always wear a helmet.
- Avoid alcohol or drug use.
- Be sure you have the ability to slow down and stop on busy days when many other athletes also are on the mountain.
- Use extreme caution when weather conditions are not optimal.
- Always follow signs and ski patrol instructions. Never ski or snowboard “out-of-bounds.”
Find the entire Deccan Chronicle article here: Snowboarders are three times more likely than skiers to sustain injury