[Snowboarding. History--injuries--risks--new materials--tournament on-site services--prevention]

Orthopade. 2005 May;34(5):433-40. doi: 10.1007/s00132-005-0797-6.
[Article in German]


Since the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, snowboarding has been established as a popular winter sport for youth and adults. The most frequently affected body region reported in many studies on snowboarding injuries are the wrists accounting for more than 50% of severe injuries, especially in beginners. Wrist braces are effective in protecting snowboarding beginners against wrist injuries. Male snowboarders up to the age of 16 and female snowboarders over the age of 25 have a higher risk of injury. Snowboarders should not use ski boots and should be careful with rented equipment. Systems providing body and limb protection and also snowboard-specific helmets can reduce the injury risk for alpine racers, freestylers, and also freeriders. Snowboard training is important to prevent injuries especially for beginners, and icy slopes should be avoided.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Historical Article
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arm Injuries / etiology*
  • Arm Injuries / history
  • Arm Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Competitive Behavior
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • Protective Devices*
  • Risk Assessment / methods*
  • Risk Factors
  • Skiing / history
  • Skiing / injuries*
  • Skiing / trends*
  • Sports Equipment*