Not all the articles agree, but the vast majority of them do. No protection affords 100% protection. You're playing the numbers game when you wear protection and stacking the odds in your favor compared to those without protection. If you absolutely don't want to break your wrist, stay home on your sofa and let your girlfriend wield the TV remote. If someone claims to be an expert in this area, they are either an orthopedist, a sports medicine doctor, or are talking out their ass (which happens a hell of a lot here).
None are great...but a clean break...u put a cast on it...and it heals. But the wrist has so many tiny ligaments and nerves...that strong impacts to this will have recurring effects that will linger...
Some claim a properly healed bone is actually stronger than the original. However they don't take into account the rest of the bone is no stronger since it was never damaged. But a torn ligament or tendon associated with many wrist fractures is never at 100% again. I'd take a broken forearm over a broken wrist any day of the week.
I have worn wrist guards ever since my second day on the mountain. As a fairly new rider, I still don't always have the presence of mind to fall correctly. It's something I've been working on, but I'll wear a guard until I am confident that I will always clench my fists in a fall.
I wear basic Dakine wrist guards. They fit under my Burton mittens, but are a little tight. I think it just depends on the glove.
I banged up my wrist pretty bad a few years ago while learning larger rails. After that I bought a pair of Protec gloves with the wrist guards built in. I have worn them for three years now and have never tweaked my wrist since. Now I am in the market for a set of spring/park gloves with built in wrist guards.
I have some Dakine wrist guards and I'd have to say that they help a little and fit comfortably under my glove but I still re-injured my wrist even with them on. They only offer minimal support and protection. I'd recommend taping your wrist if you already have an injury. But if not these do add some peace of mind.
i ride with my fists clenched and wear wrist guards i'm not just cruising around. make sure you try on a few sizes. my first pair i got were a little too big so they didn't fit quite right, but i downsized and feel a lot better.
Sorry to revive a thread but I fractured my forearm because I was using Pro-Tec IPS Wrist Guards. The guards transferred the force to my forearm and fractured it. This was my first fall using these and I have been snowboarding for 5 years. Any other opinions?
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NeverSummer Evo 2010
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R.E.D. Mutiny Helmet
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I cannot argue with the fact that wrist guards do in fact transfer the impact to your forearm...but I would think personally that a fore arm is a bit stronger than your wrist....and imo actually messing up your wrist is way worse than a broken fore arm. None are great...but a clean break...u put a cast on it...and it heals. But the wrist has so many tiny ligaments and nerves...that strong impacts to this will have recurring effects that will linger...
thats just my opinion anyway...i am no doctor
Don't need to be a doctor to figure this out. I fully agree.
Almost any long bone injury is preferable to a joint injury. Joints are incredibly more complicated. You can break both fore arm bones into multiple peices and one surgery and few weeks in a cast and you are good. Any joint injury is months of delicate care to possibly get back to 100%
Just ask your self, have you ever heard of someone injuring a joint and not still having trouble years later? I dislocated my wrist and would much prefer to have broken a my fore arm. I know have Level Halfpipe gloves with the bio-mex wrist guard.