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Injury Prevention Dot Com March 5, 2006

Snowboarding.com is the worst fucking snowboard site on the planet, but we can’t stop going there.  Don’t ask us why, as we know that the only way to be stupider that to be an online editor there is to be one of it’s readers.  Yet we check it every week.  Tonight our excuse is that we’re trying to avoid watching a bunch of self-absorbed yet surprisingly fragile “artists” whack each other off at the Oscars.  A reasonable excuse, but it still doesn’t explain the 35 other times we browsed over there this week.  We must be total idiots.    

Anyway, join us in our tard worship by checking out this article that showed up on Snowboarding.com this week, which we’ve conveniently replicated for you below, with our own amplifying comments.        

Common Snowboarding Prevention Tips

There are a number of general precautions you can follow to minimise your risk of a skiing or snowboarding injury:

* Fitness
Make sure you’re fit to ski. Prepare for your winter sports trip with a conditioning programme to improve core stability and strength. Leg strength and endurance is particularly important to help prevent injury.

OK… sounds reasonable enough.  And we dig the Brit spelling because we like Brits, inspite of their ongoing national lack of real mountains crisis. 

* Warming up and cooling down
Warm up and cool down, just like any other sporting activity.
Before you get on the slopes spend a few minutes warming up and stretching to help prepare your body for activity.

Thanks Mom. 

* Clothing
Wear appropriate layers of clothing, that don’t restrict your movement.

Does this mean no skin tight Lycra?  What about my blue jean overalls?  What about my super huge and super kewl backpack?  

* Wrist Guards
Snowboarders should wear wrist guards as they significantly reduce the incidence of wrist injuries during falls.

Reasonable advice which we will keep in mind if we ever have a severe head injury and completely have to learn to snowboard again. 

* Crash Helmets
Helmets are effective in reducing the incidence of minor concussions during low velocity collisions.

Very loud headphones in your helmet will help reduce the incidence of strangers chaffing you on the lift, too.   

* Equipment
Don’t borrow equipment from friends – it significantly increases your risk of injury.
If you are hiring equipment make sure you hire from a recommended store. Ensure that all the equipment fits properly.

* Bindings
Use ‘multi-mode’ release bindings if possible. The superior release available in modern bindings is just one factor that has helped prevent injuries. Rear release boots can significantly reduce the risk of ACL injury.

Self-test your bindings every day. Self testing of bindings is simple. Step into the binding and then twist to the side to release the toe-piece under the control mechanism. The heel can be tested by stepping into the binding and leaning forward, to release the heel-piece. Both the toe and heel should be able to release if properly adjusted.

Wait.  What? 

* Walking in Ski Boots
Don’t walk on your ski boots too much. It can affect the fit with the binding and interfere with the release mechanism.

Dude.

* Ski Poles
Don’t put your hands inside the ski pole loop when skiing. This greatly increases the risk of sustaining a ‘Skiers thumb’ injury in the event of a fall.

Yep.  This was really on Snowboarding.com.   

* General Conduct
Follow the FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski) Rules for Conduct in Winter Sports Centres. FIS Rules for Conduct

Terje is sooooo pissed too about the FIS comment.  Fuckin’ A, we should have just watched the Oscars.  Still though, can anyone explain how the ski boots and ski poles thing ended up in this article about snowboarding?  Drop us some comments or mail.       

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