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Old 03-14-2013, 06:32 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Wow these comments actually helped a lot! I'm probably going to keep off the snow this season to heal and finish off my volleyball season. I guess I just want my parental units to understand that no matter the injuries snowboarding is my favorite thing in the world and I never want to stop... I know that my parents just want me safe, but being a teenager, sometimes it feels overwhelming and I just want them to lay off haha.
We've all been there, and some of the posters here have/had teenagers of their own. It can be hard to understand the perspective of our parents, but it is their job to protect us and raise us into productive citizens. Snowolf and the many of the other posters have offered some very solid advice, but I think we can take it a bit further.

As others have pointed out there are risks involved in many of the things we do, but I think we can all agree that park riding has a much higher risk/reward factor than most of our day-to-day activities. Especially for those of us who will never, ever, be X-Games competitors whose livelihood is attached to our ability to throw our bodies around with much disregard. Concussions are serious business, and even more so for demographics who's brains are still developing (such as yourself and other young people).

If I were in your shoes I would start with some of the things Snowolf brought up (e.g. there is inherent risk in everything we do), but I would also acknowledge that this is a riskier activity. Then I would discuss some of the things you feel you can do to minimize and/or eliminate (to the degree that we can) the kinds of risks inherit in riding park. Things like sticking to the philosophies of "easy styling it" and buying a new helmet to replace the one that is most assuredly busted from your last accident. This is a more thoughtful and mature dialogue beyond the cursory "I love doing this and I don't want to stop."

You need to recognize and own your parents fears and worries because otherwise you won't be able to change their perception of you as an "idiotic reckless teen who doesn't care about her health." Only you know if the injury was caused by an accident (e.g. you were doing a trick you have on lock and hit a bump or a nail or whatever and it busted you), or if you were riding beyond a safe range for your abilities. So, think about that deeply and enter into the discussion knowing that they want what is best for you, but also recognize that YOU need to start thinking about what is best for your health.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:45 PM   #22 (permalink)
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If I were in your shoes I would start with some of the things Snowolf brought up (e.g. there is inherent risk in everything we do), but I would also acknowledge that this is a riskier activity. Then I would discuss some of the things you feel you can do to minimize and/or eliminate (to the degree that we can) the kinds of risks inherit in riding park. Things like sticking to the philosophies of "easy styling it" and buying a new helmet to replace the one that is most assuredly busted from your last accident. This is a more thoughtful and mature dialogue beyond the cursory "I love doing this and I don't want to stop."

You need to recognize and own your parents fears and worries because otherwise you won't be able to change their perception of you as an "idiotic reckless teen who doesn't care about her health." Only you know if the injury was caused by an accident (e.g. you were doing a trick you have on lock and hit a bump or a nail or whatever and it busted you), or if you were riding beyond a safe range for your abilities. So, think about that deeply and enter into the discussion knowing that they want what is best for you, but also recognize that YOU need to start thinking about what is best for your health.
That's quite true! On another downside I just learned that the friend who I went with also got a concussion... Lots of bad luck this trip...
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:47 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Quit volleyball club and join a snowboard club.
Hahahah WORD.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:54 PM   #24 (permalink)
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But remember not to push yourself too far. I've tried not eating or drinking for a good hour while being tired just to get in a bunch of runs before the resort closes. That's just stupid. There's always next time. If you get hurt, next time will be in weeks, possibly months, possibly never. Don't do it. I fell and sprained my wrist so bad I could barely lift my board. Didn't tell my parents, though, but if I broke my bone, some serious shit would have gone down
Know what you mean about this. Aside from one bad fall the beginning of this season, every one of my falls bad enough to be memorable occured at the end of the day when i was tired and shoulda have just called it a day or when ive gone out sick on cold medicine and advil.
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Know what you mean about this. Aside from one bad fall the beginning of this season, every one of my falls bad enough to be memorable occured at the end of the day when i was tired and shoulda have just called it a day or when ive gone out sick on cold medicine and advil.
I totally get what you mean. Ever since that incident, no matter how small, I refuse to do "just one more run." I know now (even if I'm 14), that if I think, "Just one more run," it probably won't end well. I'll call it a day and rest up. When I'm tired, my technique gets bad and that's when I start making mistakes and doing stupid things that lead to injury. I don't actually see my crappy technique, but I know that it's probably bad when I'm tired.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:55 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Hahaha that just killed me!
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Concussions, back/spine injuries, and the Wu-Tang Clan. All things you should not fuck with.

Says the guy who's been nursing a phantom back injury for the better part of a month.... ahh well do as I say not as I do.
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Mousy,
Quit acting like a mouse....step up and make it happen...its your job to figure out how.

I am a parent of a snow junkie, she's 18 and has a rather impressive list of accomplishments that she has earned/owned, along with some injuries to which I won't bore you with...but she is living the dream that most of us only dream of.

Sit down with your parents, speak with them as an adult with a PLAN of what you will do to make it happen...no magical unicorn bs and then do it.
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At the risk of sounding like a miserable old bastard...do as many runs as you can now.
Someday you'll be pushing 40 and it'll be sooner than you think. Fuck healing. Do as many days first to last chair as you can fit in now. Because someday you are gonna have to work to go past 3 PM. And it doesn't come back. Once its gone, its gone. You really are only young once so drink it up. As John Prine said, the years just flow by like a broken down dam.
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Due to the increased risk of concussions right after the first one it makes sense your parents are very hesitat to let you I back out again. Tell them you will follow the doctors orders and my go back out till the concussion has fully healed, then when the dr gives you the ok to go you would like to be able to go board again because of how much it means to you and how much you enjoy it
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