A newly released study by the Consumer Product Safety Commission says that skiing and snowboarding are responsible for approximately 150,000 injuries each year and that no one area of the body is exempt from punishment.
The Washington Post has since reported on the study, saying that snowboarders are 3 times more likely to get injured than skiers, even though skiers account for a larger total # of injuries. While that might seem paradoxical, it’s simply because there are simply more skiers than there are snowboarders.
“In these sports, characteristic injury mechanisms often are related to the position of the limbs during injury, the athlete’s expertise level, and equipment design”
The study goes on to say that the only defense against such bodily ailments is keeping in shape, eating right, and skiing or riding conservatively. How many ski bums do you know that do all three of those things well? Our guess– not many…
Find the entire Washington Post article here: 150,000 snowboarders and skiers are treated for injuries each year