Snowboarding is more dangerous than skiing
Snowboarders are more than twice as likely as skiers to sustain serious injuries, and they also tend to be injured more often, according to research published in the Western Journal of Medicine (2001;174:128-31).
The research shows that snowboarders are more than twice as likely as skiers to sustain serious fractures, become concussed and lose consciousness, dislocate their joints, and have their teeth knocked out.
The most common injuries tend to be sprains, fractures, cuts, and bruising. One in five of all injuries and half of all fractures involve the wrists, as snowboarders overextend their arms to balance a fall in the absence of ski poles.
Originally introduced in the 1920s, snowboarding is now one of the fastest growing winter sports in the world. Over 13 million visits were made, by 3.3m snowboarders, to ski resorts in the United States last year.
The typical profile of a snowboarder is of a