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Old 11-21-2009, 06:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Separated shoulder.... snowboarding wins, I'm done :(

I really feel like I gave it the ol college try, but I'll be damned if I can figure out snowboarding.

The whole day, I kept catching the edge of my board and falling. The first few times it happened, I didn't have enough speed for it to cause any problems (though I'm glad I was wearing a helmet as I hit my head a couple times when I fell).

So I was just cruising along actually feeling pretty good about things and BAM! I was down and have no idea what I did to have that happened. The unfortunate result was a separated my right shoulder. I went down so fast I didn't even have time to react (which I realize may have been good, as I likely would've broken my wrist or arm).

So I'm not here gripe about snowboarding, I'm genuinely bummed I just couldn't seem to "get" it. I continually caught the edge of my board and fell. I never do that when I ski, so at my age (nearly 47) I'm going to have to stick to a sport where I stay horizontal more than perpindicular.

My question is, does this happen a lot to even experienced boarders? Or do those of you who know what you're doing very seldom ever catch your edge and fall hard?

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Take care, -Eric
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Old 11-21-2009, 06:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My question is, does this happen a lot to even experienced boarders? Or do those of you who know what you're doing very seldom ever catch your edge and fall hard?
absolutley not. expierienced riders never fall.






haha of course all the time. thing is.... (there's an art to falling) stick with it a seperated shoulder shouldnt be enough. pick up skating. thatll give you training offseason or wakeboarding.
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Old 11-21-2009, 06:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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how steep were the runs you were on? starting out on a black diamond is dangerous, to say the least.
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Old 11-21-2009, 06:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My question is, does this happen a lot to even experienced boarders? Or do those of you who know what you're doing very seldom ever catch your edge and fall hard?
Take care, -Eric

Well, if you do not fall you are not pushing yourself. /according to my husband

I fell a heck of a lot when I first started. Give it another try. I have broken a tailbone, torn my rotator cuff and have had a concussion all from snowboarding. I really should think about giving it up. You will get better though.
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Old 11-21-2009, 06:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Where you one of the many people taken down on the sled from Loveland today?

And I know it's a little late, but detuning your board may have helped you..... Assuming your edges were sharp. And theres numerous boards out there that make it pretty difficult to catch edges ) =
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Falling is always going to be a part of snowboarding. As long as you're progressing, your falling. I wouldn't haul off and sell your gear until you've healed up and had time to think about it. This season is still very young, so maybe you'll feel back up to riding by early next year. Its not for everyone, but I don't believe that anyone is incapable of learning. You probably were just staying on the flat of your board too long and caught an edge that way. I fall like that when I get tired at the end of the day and get lazy about my edge changes. Hell, one time I just fell standing still and hurt myself.

Hope you stick with it.
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Old 11-21-2009, 07:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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1) Why were you trying to learn on the White Ribbon of Death in early November?? Wait until everything is open and softer to learn.
2) Take a lesson(s).
3) Watch our how to snowboard videos for simple directions that should help keep you safe and progressing.

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Old 11-21-2009, 07:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Dude i seperated my shoulder on a box id hit a million times.
It was my first run of the day i simply hopped on to fity it down.
somehow i cought and i fell a simply 2 ft to the ground and yeh.

it happens all the time.
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Old 11-21-2009, 07:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Lessons... I've taken several. The first few I took 10 years ago when I lived in Utah. All I did all day long was bust my ass. I finally gave up as I seemed pretty natural at skiing.

So for 10 or so years I went 5-8 times a season (I've lived in CO and UT last 10 years) skiing, and did fine. One time out in Utah I "tweaked" my knee at the end of the season, was very minor fibrous tears so I did a few weeks of PT and it was good to go.

Last year I told my wife let's give it one more try--I just REALLY wanted to try to get this thing. I took a lesson and finally started to feel like I was picking it up.

I went Halloween day at Loveland. I actually did pretty good. Sure I fell a couple times and did the proverbial f*ck-up coming off the chair lift (how embarrassing) but overall a pretty good 7-8 runs.

I went Veteran's Day. I should point out I was on a 145 on Halloween day when I felt I did pretty good. Practically everyone on this site stated I needed to go longer (I'm 5'6", 165) so I picked up a 153 board.

It was detuned. I even took it to another shop after my accident to see what they thought of it, they said it was fine.

But all day long (Veteran's Day) I kept catching edges. Anyway the last time it happened it was really bad as I actually had a little speed going and that was all she wrote.

The conditions were not bad at all... I've certainly skied worse (it wasn't icy, wasn't slushy).

So anyway, it just seems boarding doesn't come very naturally to me. That's a bummer, as it looks so cool and fun, but seriously, I don't ever want to have to deal with this again and I think the odds are much lower of having a bad accident if I stick to something I appear to be more of a natural at (skiing) even if it's not nearly as cool, I confess. *sigh*

-Eric

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how steep were the runs you were on? starting out on a black diamond is dangerous, to say the least.
LOL trust me, I wasn't on any black diamonds!
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