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Ski Safety - Snowboarding
How to rebel without getting hurt
Snowboarders have a bad reputation, but that doesn't mean all snowboarders are lawless. While it began as an indie pursuit of teenagers who thought of themselves as invincible, it's evolved into a sport enjoyed by all age groups. And since all major resorts now encourage snowboarding, a few rules have evolved to help keep everyone safe.
The biggest injury for boarders is broken wrists, but that's easily avoided with a few lessons and wrist supports. Other skiers are actually more at risk. When a boarder overtakes a skier on the hill, the skier can't see the boarder coming up from behind and the shock of trying to correct the path often ends in miscalculation and a crash. If you're boarding, remember that responsible passing is rule number one.
To ensure your winter is full of bliss and not broken bones review the following safety concerns:
- Take a lesson - We've said it before, but boarding is not intuitive and a few lessons can be your insurance against a winter spent in a cast. And lessons after an absence from the sport can help you improve your technique and master the hills with confidence.
- Start during daylight hours - Most snowboarders are injured between the hours of 4 and 7 p.m., partly because of muscle fatigue and partly because of how dusk changes your perception of distance. Start early in the day and take lots of breaks.
- Start on a slope - Starting on a black diamond hill isn't wise; a low-grade incline will help you learn how to board properly.
- Get the equipment - Always wear a helmet , goggles and especially wrist guards.
- Dress in layers - Choose waterproof for your outer layer, but wear a number of layers that you can peel of when you overheat.
- Wear sunscreen - Your face, neck and hands are all at risk of serious sunburn. Remember, reflected sunlight is ten times more powerful, which can lead to permanent skin damage.
- Bring first aid - No one plans for an...
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