Snowboard Safety Equipment - A Beginners Guide
If you are about to embark on your first snowboarding holiday, you may wish to consider investing in some protective gear to keep you that little bit safer on the slopes.
As a beginner, although you may not be attempting the dangerous runs or aerial manoeuvres of an experienced boarder, it is during the learning stage that you are at a greater risk of injuring yourself as you take time to get to grips with the necessary balance and board control. In this guide we will be looking at 3 different types of safety equipment that will help to prevent injury during your first time on the slopes.
One common misconception amongst first-time snowboarders is that snow is always soft! Taking into account hard, compacted snow and also patches of ice, a head impact during a crash could lead to a serious head injury. When you add to these elements such as trees, rocks and posts - it is easy to see why a helmet is a vital safety accessory for any beginner snowboarder.
If you are unable to rent a helmet at your ski resort, you should certainly consider investing in a good quality one before you arrive. Helmets can often be quite expensive, but this is certainly not an item to get on the cheap - so this may well be one item for your credit cards to take care of until after the holiday!
The importance of hip pads when learning to snowboard cannot be underestimated. One of the most common types of fall you will experience whilst learning to snowboard will involve slipping backwards onto your hip, lower back or coccyx. Bruising in these areas can be extremely uncomfortable. Hip pads provide cushioning to these areas and can be easily worn beneath your snowboard pants, taking the form of a tight padded pair of shorts.
One thing you can guarantee when learning to snowboard is that your wrists will take multiple impacts throughout the day. Whether these come from falling forwards, or slipping out backwards - your wrists will inevitably be the first point of contact with the snow, which over time may lead to breaks or sprains that will put a real dampener on your holiday. Most wrist guards contain a plastic splint that will keep your wrist straight upon impact, which help to prevent injury.