The winter skiing and snowboarding season, albeit a mild one for many people in the country, is almost over. The American Journal of Sports Medicine published its latest study comparing injuries of both sports. Dr. Terrell Joseph, an orthopaedic surgeon with Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, summarized some of the findings:
“According to the study, wrist injuries account for 28 percent of all snowboard injuries and only 3 percent of skiing injuries, while ACL injuries compose less than 2 percent of all snowboard injuries and 17 percent of skiing injuries. The study found the highest rate of injury among young, inexperienced, female snowboarders.“
The revelation that 25 percent of all wrist injuries involve beginner snowboarders during their first 3 times on a mountain have lead to recommendations of wrist guards for extra protection.
On a more positive note, there has been a decrease in serious head injuries/traumatic brain injuries. It is believed that the use of helmets, especially in icy conditions, is a contributing factor.
Source: Vail daily