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Question Wristguards

Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by VSG, Aug 2, 2019.

  1. VSG

    VSG Crayon Master Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes or no?

     
  2. blowfin

    blowfin One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I think they were a compulsory issue with the hire when I first learnt to board some 18 years ago in NZ, but I haven't used them since. The video is spot on about learning how to fall, there's a bit of an art in learning to stack, keeping your arms in, and using your board to get yourself back on track. The natural way you're going to stack on a board usually isn't face first into the snow either, far more likely to land on your arse than wrists.

    If I was riding park a lot I'd probably go for bum/knee/elbow padding, wristguards are probably a wise decision there too.

    I wouldn't go anywhere without a helmet though.
     
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  3. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    I find them ungainly and uncomfortable.
    Some people won’t ride without them, good for them.

    I believe the main function is if you land hard enough to break your wrist it transfers that break to your arm which is usually a much less complicated break.

    Currently in a brace for the kind of injury a wrist guard MAY have protected from, will I change my ways? nope.

    Learning to fall is great advice.
    Not riding too far outside your comfort zone is also great advice. I’d add sucking up some level of ocassional injury as part of the fun.
     
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    parkmonkey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I don’t trust people who should be wearing kids size goggles
     
  5. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    LOL. His goggles are big enough for 2 people, means his helmet isnt being worn in a safe manner
     
  6. Mr. Mook

    Mr. Mook One of Us

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    When I first started snowboarding , I wore wrist guards because I knew I was gonna fall a hell of a lot.
    Once I got good at boarding I kept wearing them as a precaution.
    After a few years I realised the most of the time when I fell I didn't put my hands out and generally took the most of the impact with my body.
    So I stopped wearing them because they were more of an inconvenience than a help.
    Since then the only time I have injured myself falling is when I pitched forward onto the point of my shoulder & separated the AC joint
     
  7. Budgiesmuggler

    Budgiesmuggler A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just ski...
     
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  8. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    my son broke his wrist falling backwards, and he wasn't a beginner.

    It's a natural instict to stick your arms out, and not easy to learn to instinctively stop that action
     
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  9. nezumi

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    No thanks, I like having functional knees
     
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    parkmonkey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Snowboarding's for people without functional knees
     
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    Yeah I'd say most people hurting wrists are from falling backwards, a friend of mine on her second day did that but instead dislocated her elbow - vows never to return. We had tried to tell her not to put arms out, but it is hard especially in the low speed stacks to avoid that reflex.

    As LMB says, practice falling in a good way and it gets more routine. The back edge catch forcing back of head to ground is the one that really sucks and not much you can do about it if you dose off and get caught
     
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    Ozgirl A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    without, otherwise it transfer up your arm. LMB not sure how it ends up a lesser of a break?
     
  13. nezumi

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    As I understand it, the ideal situation is that you go from potentially having a break at the wrist in a complex area, to having a break midline in the fore arm, which is much easier to treat and repair.
     
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    kylep Cage rattler Ski Pass: Gold

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    That still sounds pretty terrible. I'm going to make an outrageous statement - unless you're throwing it down in the park or launching off stuff in a risky way, breaking part of your limb snowboarding shouldn't happen
     
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    I cartwheeled macching it at Hotham and landed with an arm underneath my body - with a dress watch on - broke the arm along the curvature of the watch - that was a lesson.
     
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    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah Ive smacked the back of my head (with helmet) and its not pleasant