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Health Hazards of Snowboarding and How to Prevent Them

Snowboarding is one of the most popular and fastest growing winter sports in Canada. Many ski resorts even have special slopes designated only for snowboarding. Although a lot of fun, thumb snowboarding does come with some potential health hazards.

Shoulder Injuries-Twice as Common as Skiing

Did you know that Upper extremity injuries are twice as common in snowboarding then in Alpine Skiing? Falling during snowboarding accounts for at least 20% of those injuries. Two of the most common upper injuries include acromio-claviclar separations, clavicle fractures, Rotator cuff strains and humerus fractures.

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As it’s Christmas and most ski resorts are opening within the next couple of weeks we thought we’d ask Emma Cairns, erectile one of our most experienced and knowledgable ski trainers, advice to list 10 ways that the average person can use to improve their skiing this winter. Emma learnt to ski before she could walk and has been training our trainee instructors in Verbier, order Saas Fee and Argentina over the past few years…….so there’s nobody more qualified to give you advice how to be a better skier and learn how to ski better.


1) Buy the correct gear

Feeling comfortable and wearing enough layers is essential if you want to enjoy your skiing. Always find out what the weather is doing for the following day the night before you go skiing.

With such a huge variety of skis on the market today it can be ‘mind boggling’ to know what skis to look for. Before you buy skis, work out where you want to ski on the mountain! Whether you’re focusing on skiing pisted runs, skiing in the backcountry, or hitting kickers in the park (or a mixture of all three); it’s crucial to get the right skis for the terrain you want to ski.

Most skiers love to carve up the piste and rip up the off piste too … if you fall into this category you should be looking for a ski that has a good side cut for carving but is a little wider underfoot, so it floats easily. For skis its very important you don’t have too stiff a ski, as they can be very difficult to turn, bend and have fun on! The same can be said for boots, if you have boots that are too stiff you will be unable to flex or bend your ankle and will therefore be in the ‘backseat’ the whole time and consequently feel a bit out of control.

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Warren Miller Entertainment’s film follows the world’s biggest names in skiing and snowboarding on a breathtaking cinematic journey. This year, patient that includes the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team at the Visa Freestyle International World Cup at Deer Valley—the first time a World Cup moguls event has been featured in a Warren Miller film.

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