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Common Skiing and Snowboarding Injuries

While skiing and snowboarding are both fun winter sports, injuries can often result. When skiers and snowboarders fall, they instinctively put out their hands to catch themselves. This can cause significant injuries to the wrists and hands.

Wrist Fractures

Wrist fractures are one of the most common injuries in skiers and snowboarders. They are especially common in snowboarders, who use their arms for balance rather than poles. Wrist fractures can be severe, and improper treatment could result in the loss of the use of the hand and a significant impact on all other activities.

Skiers’ Thumb

The injury known as “skiers’ thumb” is actually a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament, a ligament that helps stabilize the thumb. It occurs when skiers don’t release their poles when falling, bending the thumb in an extreme fashion.

Arm and Forearm Fractures

These fractures are also common among skiers and snowboarders. These can be severe, such as compound fractures that may result in nerve damage requiring surgery to properly repair.

Wrist Cartilage and Ligament Tears

Repeated falls or pressure from poles may cause tears in the cartilage and ligaments of the wrist, creating significant pain and difficulty, including weakness.

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