Is Snowboarding Dangerous? A Feature by Richard Lubin, D.C. Part 3

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 14, 2009 9:29 am

DEATH and SERIOUS INJURIES

These injuries are rare according to the National Ski Area Association (NSAA) which most ski areas in the US belong to. Approximately 40 deaths and 40 serious injuries (paralysis, serious head injuries, etc) occur per year.  There are more deaths among skiers than boarders. Of course there are more skiers as well. Overwhelmingly (85%) in both groups, males had fatal injuries more often. Men engage in more risky behaviors in all kinds of activities. Excessive speed is usually a factor.

How does that compare to other activities. Some recent fatalities form other activities per year:  Swimming 2,900, Bicycling 900, Scuba 90, Lightning 40-100 deaths, and motorcycles 2-3000.

Few fatalities derive from skiing and snowboarding considering the number of people who participate, which is in the tens of millions of visits per year.

SO IS SNOWBOARDING DANGEROUS?

Snowboarding can be extremely safe. The author has rode hundreds of days, no injury. How? Attentiveness, skill, tuning , and cogency.There are inherent risks with any sports. Ones that involve speed, weather, high altitude fitness,  capability , judgment and others of unknown abilities, all have loads of dangers.The goal is minimize the avoidable risks that exist. If you obey the skiers responsibility code ,are careful, well prepared, cognizant of your abilities, it should not be any more dangerous than skiing.  Both of these exciting activities can be rewarding injury free with very low risk.( Based on facts, not conjecture)

Safety is having fun consciously!

 Dr. Lubin, the Snowboarding Chiropractor, has been snowboarding for 16 seasons.  He is the safety director for the Far West Ski Association .  This is an organization representing 180 ski clubs in 10 western states .  Check out their website http://www.fwsa.org/

 

 

 

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