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

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Arm Pain Causes

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

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

Cervical radiculopathy is a common source of referred arm pain. As mentioned earlier, your neck can refer to arm pain from another source. Cervical radiculopathy 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. A professional medical assessment that involves an accurate history, symptom analysis, physical examination and diagnostic tests to exclude a potential heart attack is essential to exclude this potentially life-threatening source of arm pain.

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

Most Arm Pain is NOT Life-Threatening.

Luckily, life-threatening arm pain is far less likely than a local musculoskeletal injury. Before commencing treatment, your health practitioner should assess and confirm arm pain caused by a localised arm muscle, tendon or joint damage.

Arm Pain Prognosis

The good news is that arm pain and injury will typically respond very favourably to medical or physiotherapy intervention when early professional assessment and treatment are 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 quickly resume pain-free and normal activities of daily living.

Please ask your physiotherapist for their professional treatment advice.

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Common Running Injuries

Running is one of the easiest and most popular ways to stay fit. It is also one of the easiest ways to develop an injury. Running injuries are common and often affect the hips, knees, ankles, and feet of runners. The impact and stress of running are sometimes hard on the muscles and joints; especially if you ignore early injury signs.


Knee Pain

Children’s Knee Conditions

Shin Pain

Calf Pain

Foot Injuries

Muscle Injuries

Heel Injuries

posterior shin splints

Achilles and Foot Tendinopathies

Hip Joint Pain

Lateral Hip Pain

Adductor-related Groin Pain

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Biomechanical Conditions

Thigh & Hamstring Pain

Bone Injuries

General Information

Muscle-related Injuries

Disc-related Injuries

Back Joint Injuries

Nerve-related Injuries

Pelvis-related Injuries

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Related Treatments

Acute Treatment

Performance & Prevention Strategies

Biomechanical Approach

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What Are Common Muscle Injuries?

Myalgia, or muscle pain, can have many sources. Here are some of the more common sources of muscle pain. Would you please click the links for more information?

Neck & Back Muscle Injuries

Lower Limb Muscle Injuries

Upper Limb Muscle Injuries

Haematoma-Related Myalgia

Fatigue-Related Myalgia

Systemic Causes of Myalgia

More Information: Myalgia

Common Muscle Injury FAQs

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How Can I Speed Up Muscle Recovery?

What is a Trigger Point In A Muscle?

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