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05-16-2014 01:13 AM
Mizu Kuma I'll also have a little input here as well!!!!!

I popped my shoulder in 2011 on a shitty little kicker in spring slush conditions!!!!! I was 43 years old, and it hasn't stopped me riding one bit!!!!!

Trailing arm????? Always the trailing arm!!!!!

Best thing to do is not to baby it, as the only way you'll strengthen the muscles that hold the joint in place, is to use it!!!!!

Try and exercise it in its full rotation so it builds the muscle strength to the equivalent of the other shoulder, that you most likely don't even give a second thought too!!!!!

Get out there and enjoy boarding, as you will only regret it if you don't!!!!!
05-16-2014 12:54 AM
Mika I just joined and saw this post, so i thought i'd give a bit of advice seeing I've had similar issues.

I took up boarding in 2010 at age 29 and dislocated my shoulder learning to waterski in summer 2011, so i was pretty tentative about getting back on the board, especially with the packed snow we always have in Australia. First trip out on the board I had my shoulder strapped up with sports tape and after that, I picked up a motocross shoulder brace which was good for the confidence, knowing it could take a hit and not hurt. That same season I managed to fracture my tail bone on an icy patch of snow, and my winter was ruined so when the next northern hemisphere winter rolled around i took myself to Canada to board for a month.

I have not had an issue with my shoulder while snowboarding even with a few yard sales and panicky branch grabs when doing tree runs.

Best thing for you would be to get a brace to put your mind at ease and try not to panic when you feel like you're going to fall. Also try to teach yourself to tuck your arms when you fall. If your arms are flailing you're more likely to pop your shoulder again.

Get back out there and enjoy it! I did and haven't looked back.
05-13-2014 05:54 AM
Originally Posted by francium View Post
Norway for the price of a tank of gas or 2, 35 quid a day for a lift pass, and a hotel, where do I sign up?
Return flight from Gatwick with Ski bag is about 120 so depending on what you drive, is the cost of a couple of tanks of fuel, lift pass in Oslo Winter park is less than 35 on a weekday, in fact it is 30.50p

And a couple of nights in a hotel.. Haha
05-13-2014 03:15 AM
ETM Risk vs reward
Only you can decide if its worth it or not.
05-13-2014 03:08 AM
24WERD I got my equipment (skate banana) before I even knew how to board.

I just want to say It is the right board ( I helped over 24 + people get new board in 3 years all going from camber to reverse camber or hybrid) which makes all the difference. For some reason its always a crappy burton that they got from a friend that bought a new board. After getting on the new board they can't believe how easy it is. Its actually fun.

If you watch the youtube videos and do some visualization on what happens when you go down the slopes you can get better faster. Like I said earlier , save your money on a good board and learn on line.
05-13-2014 02:31 AM
cmiddlebrook @24WERD yeah you got it spot on there. I've only ever been a very recreational boarder - going to an indoor slope every month or so and then hoping for a little boarding holiday in the winter. That's about it. I'm just happy doing nice easy runs. I only want to get good enough that falls become more of a rare thing than an everyday thing.

Right now as I said before I'm not in a position to get a board - I need to get my confidence back first and just re-learn the basics. Once I get to that point I'll come back here and ask for board advice when I'm really ready to take it in!

@Manicmouse they are actually the wrist guards I bought and I couldn't get on with them at all. I have pretty small hands and they dug into my hands quite painfully and restricted my movement so much that I had a real hard time with the bindings which just added to the frustration.

And yes thanks everyone for the encouragement. I have decided to start again and shall be booking my next lesson. My other half boards as well (and is way better than me) so that's nice.
05-13-2014 02:14 AM
ItchEtrigR To the OP sucks you got hurt, keep at it, like others have mentioned it gets easier. It usually takes a big slam to make you pay attention. I say lesson learned, time to get on to the next bit.

Like Argo mentioned camber is the way to go when learning, it'll teach you your edges, the slams will bring you down to earth back to speeds, terrain or features your capable of. Just take it slow, repetition is key, a lesson helps get your head wrapped around it all, attitude is more important because the slams will come, hopefully you won't be as unlucky as you have been in the past.

Good luck.
05-12-2014 07:35 PM
Originally Posted by 24WERD View Post
you guys are confusing her with too much crap.

I think all she wants is to enjoy the snow and get from point A to point B.
I have go agree here. Hopefully she is at least taking out of all this that there is no reason for her to stop, especially age or her shoulder. What seems to get lost sometimes here is that everyone doesn't want or simply can't shred 100 days a year. And sometimes people are more than happy getting by than learning a new skill or trick every day. Of course everyone means well, but it can be a bit over whelming. I mean we've been planning out $500+ equipment purchases for her

I think all she really wants is a bit of encouragement and I think she has gotten it. It seems to me just getting down the slope each time puts a smile on her face when she doesn't crash too hard. And that should be the focus point in my opinion.

And that first time she gets 2" of air and doesn't crash, well we all know what kind of monster that can create.
05-12-2014 06:36 PM
24WERD you guys are confusing her with too much crap.

I think all she wants is to enjoy the snow and get from point A to point B.

The crap equipment at the resort is terrible , buy a rocker board with strong edge control.

If you want to get your confidence back get a rocker board. Its like learning how to use a computer using C-prompt command line vs. Graphics User Interface or Driving a car manual vs automatic.

practice visualization.

The most dangerous thing for beginners is being with other beginners on the green slopes.
05-12-2014 05:51 PM
Originally Posted by The Deacon View Post
I firmly believe these are a great way to hurt yourself.
Break your wrist or collarbone is the usual choice

I think they're good for the little falls beginners do where they keep planting their hands. Not enough pressure to break anything but can result in a sprained wrist.
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