Hazards of Snowboarding In Utah

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Hazards of Snowboarding In Utah

Many outdoor activity lovers frequently travel to find the best powder and snowfall available to snowboard. Some even compete on a professional level in the X-games or other venues that offer such competitions. However, most people who engage in snowboarding do it for fun, and they admittedly enjoy it.

Although snowboarding is a sport that is physically demanding with all the thrills and adrenaline that follow, there are quite a number of hazards involved. Knowing the body parts that are the most vulnerable to injury and ways to protect them, will ensure that there is safety in every snowboard ride.

In this article, we are going to highlight the hazards and dangers that come with snowboarding. They include:

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Heavy impact

Heavy impact is one of the most common types of injury encountered by skateboarders. The impact can be caused by stationary objects or other skateboarders on the slopes. The results of such an effect can be devastating regardless of whether the skateboarder hit the obstacle unexpectedly or saw it just before impact. The entire body is typically hit with blunt force whenever an accident involving heavy collisions occurs.

External injuries rarely happen in such a collision. However, there is a significant probability that internal organ damage or injury will occur. Bleeding, swelling and dislocation of bones are very probable which can lead to life-threatening conditions. If the impact is severe, then it is strongly advised to seek medical attention and have a complete evaluation of the injury extent by a qualified clinician. Wearing protective gear such as helmets will reduce the extent of injuries that are caused by collision impact.

Head and Upper body

The upper body and the head are often targeted by injuries that happen unexpectedly and other hidden dangers. Ensuring that you practice full body safety is critical whenever you go out snowboarding. At all times, even when practicing, you should ensure that you are wearing a helmet. The effects caused by neck or head injuries while snowboarding in a resort can cause unexpected paralysis or even death. Even the mildest of blows on the head can lead to internal bleeding which increases the risk of stroke exponentially. Snowboarders are advised to use the legs or arms to brace for impact instead of using the head, upper neck or the back.

Knees and legs

When snowboarding, the legs and knees are easy targets for injury as they are usually very exposed. Avoiding snowboarding areas that are unmarked or venturing into the countryside will help you avoid all kinds of injuries, including legs and knees. Snowboard areas backcountry are not regulated or monitored for the safety of the snowboarders. Backcountry has many hidden dangers that may cause significant injuries. These hazards include trees, bushes, drop-offs, and even avalanches that can occur unexpectedly. Sharp angled turns, loss of balance due to the unforgiving terrain are all dangers to the lower body including the knees and legs. You can deter this injuries by wearing knee pads, snowboarding boots and the proper pants for snowboarding.


Ankles receive a lot of compression whenever you are engaging in snowboarding sports. Snowboarding maneuvers insert a lot of inversion and pressure on the ankles. Ensuring that you are wearing the proper footwear is one way to escape the risk of ankle injury. An excellent choice of footwear is hard shell boots that do not permit a lot of bending around the ankle area. Hard shell boots also protect the ankles from blunt force and external trauma. These boots will even protect you from "snowboarder's ankle," which is a fracture that affects the lateral part of the foot.

Wrist and arms

Another hazard is when snowboarder use their arms and wrists to brace for impact. Although this is a good way to reduce the risk of head, neck or internal injury, it can have detrimental effects such as broken bones. Wearing wrist guards will help the wrists from moving in an unwanted direction or breaking.


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