- Medical treatment or rehabilitation
- Loss of earnings if you aren’t able to work because of your injury
- Extra care and help that you might need after your injury
Following an incredible Winter Olympics and with COVID restrictions in winter resorts lifting, the ski season is well underway. Lots of us are planning to hit the slopes over the next few weeks to catch the last of the snow.
However, a word of warning if you’re planning to ditch the skis in favour of a board: It’s been proven that snowboarders are between 50% to 70% more likely to get injured than skiers. Whether you’re a seasoned snowboarder or you’re planning to try it for the first time, it’s worth knowing what to do if you have a snowboarding accident whilst you’re away.
Why are Snowboarding Accidents More Common Than Skiing Accidents?
Before you change allegiance and join the skiers in the age-old debate about which is better: snowboarding or skiing, it’s not all doom and gloom for snowboarders.
Research shows that although you’re more likely to get injured on a snowboard, you’re less likely to die. So that’s good news. But why are snowboarders more prone to accidents?
With snowboarding, you’re heading down the mountain with a board fixed to your feet. If you catch an edge, lose control, or collide with someone else, that board will stay, glued to your feet. This can sometimes cause you to twist your knees, hips and ankles which can result in serious injury.
Coming off a chair lift on a snowboard can be tricky. With skis, you can line them up parallel, and glide off gracefully. On a board, you usually need to take one foot out of the bindings, and awkwardly shuffle off as quickly as possible, as the next chair quickly comes up behind you. The panic to get out of the way of the impending chair, with a cumbersome board on slippery snow can, not surprisingly, cause accidents.
Because snowboarding is notoriously harder to learn than skiing, if you’re new to the sport, you’ll probably spend the first few days of your snowboarding holiday falling over. When you’re about to fall you will naturally tense and without thinking, you’ll twist your body or even reach a hand out to try and save yourself. This can cause injuries.
What Types of Injuries can you get With a Snowboarding Accident?
Injuries caused by snowboarding accidents can range from minor to severe, in some cases even requiring hospitalisation and ongoing rehabilitation.
Some of the most common injuries resulting from an accident on a snowboard include:
- shoulder fractures, dislocation, or separation;
- broken collarbones;
- wrist sprains;
- herniated disks or back problems;
- finger fractures.
What to do if You’re Injured in a Snowboarding Accident
While some snowboarding accidents result in minor injuries, others can have a life-changing impact. If you’ve been injured on a snowboarding holiday, you might be able to claim and receive compensation to help you pay for things like:
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