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Old 02-08-2015, 06:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First disabling snowboard injury.

I am still working on my 180, and after a long day of riding, decided to hit a series of beginner ramps I have done many, many times the last time I visited that resort (I have been to other places in-between).

The difference is that last time, there was a snow blizzard going on for days, with the area with the untouched powder being deep enough to go all the way up to my chest if not deeper. What it also meant was that the ramps weren't as big: there are three consecutive ramps of increasing size, but the first two had so much snow covered that I didn't even know they were ramps. And falling meant landing on fluffy snow. This time, it was packed pretty hard, even a bit icy.

I am still not sure what I did wrong here, but as I was about to take off, I felt myself losing grip and essentially fall backward. But unlike many times before, I was too horizontal to fall on my butt, and my lower back took the blunt of the fall (my elbow took a hit too, and I expected a bruise there but it seems fine after all). Fortunately I remembered to tuck my chin in and saved my head (recently bought a helmet but wasn't wearing it because somehow the goggles feel too tight even after loosening it - quite annoying).

It hurts when I move in bed, it hurts when I need to bend my back to tie my shoes, or hook my binding, and it really hurts when I press a particular spot (lower back, about 10cm above the hip, left side - as I was trying to rotate counter clock wise). Fortunately it is not the spine, but even packing/unpacking my gear takes 2-3 times as long, and after a lot of struggling with myself I decided to give today's planned day trip a miss. Might go to a hot spring instead.

I really hope that I will be better for tomorrow's planned trip though (can't really cancel that).

Question Time: Up until now, I didn't really think that even a larger ramp in a beginner park could possibly cause this kind of impact, and didn't think that I would need any protection other than some knee pad. I am re-evaluating this belief though, and I'd like to ask if I ought to look into other kind of protective gear. Thanks.

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Old 02-08-2015, 06:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Gravity cares not that you are in the beginner park. 9.8m/s^2 is a constant.
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Old 02-08-2015, 07:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sure but the height from which you fall is a major factor. And I didn't think the size of the ramp and my limited ability could cause me to fall from enough height for the impact to cause much damage.

A year of Judo and I never hurt myself this bad
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Kim Richardson died from a fall of less than 5 feet. Slow impacts do more damage than a fast one regardless of how far you fall.

Sounds like you need to learn some better edge control.
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Liam Neeson's wife died on a green run. Wear a goddamn helmet.
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I am sure there is much improvement to be had in edge control, but I feel like I am progressing consistently. I can link turn without skidding on most intermediate slope which is steeper than anything in a beginner park.

If I was to hazard a guess I have two problems:

1. My body position is wrong when I jump. I find that when I do regular jump, I usually land on the tail. I can somehow keep my balance, but I am pretty sure that is wrong. Do I need to lean more forward?

2. I don't know how to approach a jump when trying to do a 180. Am I supposed to go up the ramp completely straight and only turn my body as I push myself up? Or do I want to stray towards the direction I am going to turn as I go up the ramp (e.g. left when jumping counter-clockwise)?

The point on helmet is duly noted. Guess I will take the chance to see if I can make my goggle more comfortable with the helmet today.
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selling the goggles and/or helmet and buying different gear you like or fits better so you'll wear it < ER visit and season ending injury....just sayin.

Sorry wish I could help on the technique.
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selling the goggles and/or helmet and buying different gear you like or fits better so you'll wear it < ER visit and season ending injury....just sayin.

Sorry wish I could help on the technique.
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Goggle/Helmet combo's are not all interchangeable! Bought a really nice pair of Electrics my first season, but even after adjusting the strap all the way out? They felt like they would break my nose when put on over my helmet! I returned them.

Get something that fits!


Oh,.. and sorry to hear about the Owwy! As one who is still recovering 7 months after my own spine injury,..? I feel your pain! Hope yours is not long in healing!
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I also hurt my back/chest/arm on when I fell on my back off a jump around Thanksgiving. It kept me out of snowboarding for only about a month, but I'm still not fully healed from that.

From the sound of it, you're leaning too far back on your take off. Try hitting a bunch of small jumps or rollers with straight air, getting good pop, and doing a simple grab in the middle of your board. This should keep you balanced and straighter in the air. Once those are second nature and you're balanced every time you hit a jump without a grab, then start adding spins. remember to tuck your legs up and keep your core tight while you're in the air.
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I am sure there is much improvement to be had in edge control, but I feel like I am progressing consistently. I can link turn without skidding on most intermediate slope which is steeper than anything in a beginner park.

If I was to hazard a guess I have two problems:

1. My body position is wrong when I jump. I find that when I do regular jump, I usually land on the tail. I can somehow keep my balance, but I am pretty sure that is wrong. Do I need to lean more forward?

2. I don't know how to approach a jump when trying to do a 180. Am I supposed to go up the ramp completely straight and only turn my body as I push myself up? Or do I want to stray towards the direction I am going to turn as I go up the ramp (e.g. left when jumping counter-clockwise)?

The point on helmet is duly noted. Guess I will take the chance to see if I can make my goggle more comfortable with the helmet today.
Watch snomie or snowboard addiction tips. Stop trying to 180 when you can't even pop a good, stable straight air.
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