What Goes Up, Must Come Down

By Ethan H

Failing to make a 360⁰, triple cork, backside, front flip, ollie, and landing roughly but surviving without injuries (very unlikely). Just be lucky that you weren’t included in the 600,000 snowboarders injured each year. The National Ski Areas Association reports an average of 38 people die each year while skiing or snowboarding, but all snowboarders can have a wide range of injuries.

Possible Snowboarder Injuries: A high proportion of snowboarders who are injured are beginners. Novices (beginners) are at an increased risk for fractures and injuries to the wrist because of frequent falls.

Rina Yoshika: Japanese snowboarder Rina Yoshika suffered a spinal injury after a major crash during her training session for the slopestyle contest at the 2022 Beijing Olympics on Feb 3, 2022, one day before the Olympics started. It was a tragedy for the Japanese snowboarding team. I think that this might have happened due to a misfire of her jump and landing hard onto the snow, but she did recover.

There are a number of ways to prepare yourself for snowboarding and your physical therapist can help. He or she or they can teach you the proper stretches and exercises, but they commonly recommend strengthening exercises for knees, glutes, hamstrings, quads, and core. Now that you have the article, I hope you will take care of yourself before physical activity.

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