Ow, this one hurt
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.
Last edited by TooNice; 02-08-2015 at 06:19 PM.