Article by John Miller

How to Prevent Snowboarding Injuries

Going on a snow holiday could be both exciting and intimidating if you are a beginner. Snowboarding is a bit different from skiing in a few ways, and most people would agree that snowboarding is more challenging for learners. Scientists reported in a study that out of all the winter warriors that got hurt, 49% of the injured snowboarders were beginners, and only 18% of injured skiers were beginners (1). Here are some things to watch out for:

Common Snowboarding Injuries

Impact Injuries

Since snowboarders do not use ski poles, beginners often brace themselves with their arms when falling. This can cause impact-style injuries such as wrist fractures, ligament sprains, or dislocated shoulders. Upper limb injuries account for up to 49.1% of all snowboarding injuries(2). If you suffer from intense or persistent pain after a severe wipeout, it would be a good idea to have it examined. You could have an undiagnosed fracture which may need some professional medical care.

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

Another common condition we see is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). Due to the nature of the squat/knee-bend snowboarding stance, the quadriceps endure a great deal of force and exertion when you are “shredding” the slopes. Fatigue, muscle cramping, and loss of muscle control are some symptoms of DOMS. Symptoms may be worse if you are snowboarding a few days in a row.

Ankle & Foot Sprains

Snowboarding boots are usually soft in contrast to hard ski boots. This increases the likelihood of sprains to the ankle or foot. While not as common as upper limb injuries, ankle and foot injuries in snowboarding are more likely than in skiing and should not be missed.

How Do You Prevent Snowboarding Injuries?

To prevent injuries to the upper limbs, learning bracing and safe falling techniques is very important.

Devices like wrist guards or strapping tape are beneficial for individuals with weak wrists or unstable shoulders. Your physiotherapist will also assess your muscle strength and joint stability to see if you are at risk of any particular type of injury. You may be prescribed some appropriate exercises or be advised to use some protective equipment or safe landing tips!.

Correct use of snowboarding equipment is also essential. Proper fitting and wearing of snowboard boots and bindings are crucial for preventing ankle sprains, while helmets are great for avoiding head traumas and concussions. Who wants to forget their great holiday?

Happy snowboarding! Whether you would like to chat about injury, prevent before the trip or have suffered from an injury after snowboarding, feel free to consult our friendly physiotherapists. They are as excited about snow sports as you are.

Common Snowboarding Conditions

Common Snowskiing Injuries

Arm Pain Causes

Arm pain and injuries are widespread. Arm pain can occur as a result of either sudden, traumatic or repetitive overuse. The causes can be related to sports injuries, work injuries or simply everyday arm use.

Arm pain can be a local injury, musculoskeletal injury or could even be referred from nerves in your neck (cervical radiculopathy). This can result in neck-arm pain.

Causes of Arm Pain by Region

Causes of Arm Pain by Structure

Neck-Related Arm Pain

Shoulder-Related Arm Pain

Elbow-Related Arm Pain

Wrist-Related Arm Pain

Hand-Related Arm Pain

Muscle-Related Arm Pain

Other Sources of Arm Pain

Common Causes of Arm Pain

The most common sources of arm pain include shoulder painwrist pain and elbow pain.

Referred Arm Pain

As mentioned earlier, arm pain can be referred to from another source. Cervical radiculopathy is a common source of referred arm pain. Cervical radiculopathy will not respond to treatment where you feel the arm pain. However, it will respond positively to treatment at the source of the injury (e.g. your neck joints).

Professional assessment from a health practitioner skilled in diagnosing both spinal-origin and local-origin (muscle and joint) injuries (e.g. your physiotherapist) is recommended to ensure an accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment directed at the arm pain source.

Arm Pain has Diverse Causes.

The causes of your arm pain can be extensive and varied. Due to this diversity, your arm pain should be assessed by a suitably qualified health practitioner to attain an accurate diagnosis, treatment plan and implementation specific to your arm pain.

What Arm Pain is Associated with a Heart Attack?

Left-arm pain can be an early sign of a life-threatening cardiac issue. Based on this, a professional medical assessment that involves an accurate history, symptom analysis, physical examination and diagnostic tests to exclude a potential heart attack is important to exclude this potentially life-threatening source of arm pain.

For more information, please consult with your health practitioner, call an ambulance on 000, or visit a hospital emergency department to put your mind at ease.

Good News. Most Arm Pain is NOT Life-Threatening.

Luckily, life-threatening arm pain is far less likely than a local musculoskeletal injury. Arm pain caused by a localised arm muscle, tendon or joint injury should be assessed and confirmed by your health practitioner before commencing treatment.

Arm Pain Prognosis

The good news is that arm pain, and injury will normally respond very favourably to medical or physiotherapy intervention when early professional assessment and treatment is sought. Please do not delay in consulting your healthcare practitioner if you experience arm pain.

Common Arm Pain Treatments

With accurate assessment and early treatment, most arm injuries respond extremely quickly to physiotherapy or medical care, allowing you to resume pain-free and normal activities of daily living quickly.

Please ask your physiotherapist for their professional treatment advice.