Snowboard Protective Gear
Snowboard Protective Gear: the board is just the beginning. Gear up with good quality snowboard protective gear, including a helmet, wrist guards, padded shorts, and moreWhether you're new to snowboarding, an intermediate rider, or an experienced shredder, it pays to invest in quality snowboarding safety gear. If you're new to boarding, protective gear will keep you safe as you learn proper stance on the snowboard and how to side slip, edge, and carve. As you gain experience, good snowboarding protective gear will help protect your head, wrists, and tailbone from injury while you learn new tricks or go into the park and pipe. Learn more about protective gear for snowboarding below.
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Beginning snowboarders need to align their head, torso, and hips over the feet in order to balance, as well as learn how to equally distribute their weight over both legs depending upon the pitch of the slope. Because both of your feet are attached to the snowboard, you will almost always fall forward or backward (i.e., flat on your face or on your backside), not to the side. Without ski poles to help hold you up or balance, itís likely to be a violent fall, not a gentle tumble. Snowboarding protective gear can help prevent or minimize injuries caused by a hard fall.
A study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine determined that the most common snowboarding injuries were wrist injuries, shoulder soft tissue injuries, ankle injuries, concussions, and clavicle fractures. In terms of snowboard protective gear, this means that you need to protect several key areas of your body in order to prevent or minimize injury.
Whatís the most important piece of snowboard protective gear?The first piece of snowboarding impact gear we recommend to our customers is - without question - a high quality snowboard helmet. This probably isnít surprising, as concussions and other head trauma are serious business. However, you might be surprised by our second snowboard protection recommendation.
According to the snowboarding injury data we've studied, wrist injuries are the most common snowboarding injury. In fact, nearly 40% of snowboard injuries are wrist-related. After youíve ordered a quality snowboarding helmet, we strongly recommend a pair of Level protective snowboard gloves or other snowboard wrist protection. If you already have a pair of gloves that you love, turn them into snowboard protective gear with snowboard wrist guards that can be worn underneath your gloves.
After a snowboard helmet and snowboard wrist protection, we recommend:
Beyond snowboard protective gear: How can you stay safe while snowboarding?
Still have questions about what snowboard protective gear you need?For more information, visit our Snowboard Protective Gear Learning Center If you have further questions, drop us an email or give a call at 800-930-4084.