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Old 09-03-2013, 06:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Reading DaveZ's back n forth with Sabatoa in Mi. Regional thread got me thinking. First time I set foot on a skate board 40 some odd years ago, I hit one of those pebbles Dave described and spent 2 weeks picking gravel out of my knees, elbows n chin! Haven't ridden one since!

My very first time snowboarding, On the last run of the night. I caught an edge n slammed HARD! I found out later that what I had was called a Hip Pointer injury. I was in such obvious pain, I had to repeatedly talk the ski patrol out of stretchering me off the hill. I wasn't entirely certain I would be able to drive once I finally reached my car.

Oddly enough, next week I was back for more! AND, even managed to repeat the Exact Same injury that night. (...this time I was wearing DIY hip pads. Good thing too, cuz if I hadn't been, I would have needed a stretcher!)

....but once again, by the next weekend, I was back out trying to get the basics of not falling down!

Im sure a few of us recall, near the end of last season. New members Jennifer and Beachlegogal, they kept posting about the "Brutal" beatings they were taking trying to learn how to snowboard! Still, they kept going back out! I know I've talked to others who took some really massive hits early on, but didn't give up. They kept going back until it "Clicked!"

With the season soon approaching, I thought it would be interesting to hear from other SBF members who like myself and I suspect a few others, kept coming back even after all the bruises and sprains of those first few outings and persevered despite the pain for the sake of "The Stoke!"

There are precious few things in my life that I would be willing to endure such pain trying and yet would continue to go back and try over and over again!!!

I know we will probably hear from a few "Gnartural Athletes" who "never had a lesson, just borrowed a bud's board and were hitting the Super Pipe by the end of the day! . but I really want to hear from those who kept asking themselves, "Why am I beating the Piss out of myself?" But kept coming back anyway!

How about it? Anyone!
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think I'm somewhere in the middle. I took a couple of good falls (think I might have cracked a rib on one of them) but mostly it was more embarrassing and irritating than crippling. Yeah, I've been sore at the end of the day (and the next day) but I've been doing various sports (and weight-lifting) all my life so that just seems normal.

The worst injuries I've had were last season. I got an abdominal pull trying to dig myself out on a deep deep pow day, and a tailbone injury from getting knocked over coming off the lift.
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I skied for years before I tried boarding in the early 2000's. I picked it up fairly quickly but I had my bruises along the way.

The one that remains a clear memory is the slam on the cat track. I was flat basing to keep up speed through a flat part - at this point I could barely link turns. I caught a front edge and violently slammed on a ice patch. I layed there for what seemed like an eternity just trying to catch my breath! I couldn't sleep or put a Tshirt on by myself for weeks. I was broke back then and did not have insurance so I never went in, pretty sure I atleast cracked my ribs. Maybe a slight concussion too.

Fast forward a couple weeks and I back out there trying again. I picked it up and progressed from there! I do recommend lessons, I think that would of made my first few weeks easier. My buddies took me up the chair after a 10 min lesson on skating from them. They basically said good luck, cya in the bar around noon!

Only one of those buddies still rides and keeps up with me! Cheesy as it is... No pain no gain!

I seem to get worse injuries now than I did learning, I don't wreck very often but when I do it's usually painful. Last year I was reminded to scope out cliffs before you huck your body off them! I followed a line and had a bad time.
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I skied for years before I tried boarding in the early 2000's. I picked it up fairly quickly but I had my bruises along the way.

The one that remains a clear memory is the slam on the cat track. I was flat basing to keep up speed through a flat part - at this point I could barely link turns. I caught a front edge and violently slammed on a ice patch. I layed there for what seemed like an eternity just trying to catch my breath! I couldn't sleep or put a Tshirt on by myself for weeks. I was broke back then and did not have insurance so I never went in, pretty sure I atleast cracked my ribs. Maybe a slight concussion too.

Fast forward a couple weeks and I back out there trying again. I picked it up and progressed from there! I do recommend lessons, I think that would of made my first few weeks easier. My buddies took me up the chair after a 10 min lesson on skating from them. They basically said good luck, cya in the bar around noon!

Only one of those buddies still rides and keeps up with me! Cheesy as it is... No pain no gain!

I seem to get worse injuries now than I did learning, I don't wreck very often but when I do it's usually painful. Last year I was reminded to scope out cliffs before you huck your body off them! I followed a line and had a bad time.
there seems to be two kinds of injuries, slow speed beginner injuries that can be really nasty - caught edges, scorpions, etc., and intermediate/advanced rider injuries from either going somewhere you shouldn't, or going too fast.

for me personally my worst injuries came from slow speed at the beginner level, hooked edges in the flats etc, I'm pretty conservative in my riding now but I can't believe how badly I hurt myself at speeds not much faster than walking when I was learning.
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I was a 1-day/year rider in 2011. During that 1 day I somehow managed to fall and get a concussion. Everyone was super worried due to my behavior, so they ran a lot of scans and tests that ended up inflating my final cost total to $5k. I have no idea how or where I fell.

So how did I do things differently next season? Bought my first setup and gear, and did a 40-day season =D

.... Oh and bought a helmet.
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One of my first beginner spills ended in a hip injury as well. It was my third time ever riding and I was just getting used to carrying a little bit of speed. I probably wasn't going any faster than 25 mph but I somehow unexpectedly caught an edge and slammed on my hip and chest so fast I didn't have time to put my hands up. I just made a loud "HUUUUUUuuuuu" noise as I smacked the ice. Later that night getting into my friends SUV I couldn't lift my left leg up to get in the seat. I ended up lifting my leg up with my arms and throwing it in the footwell so I could climb in. I was back at it a few weeks later.

I've taken many spills since then. Some worse than that day. But, I never once thought about not going back to the hill once I healed up.
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TAILBONE!! that was the worst injury I had when I was learning to snowboard. I was lucky that my work was walking distance from my house cuz driving was not feasible. My job as a mechanic keeps me on my feet all day but I would not drive the forklift though. I still went each weekend but I taught myself not to land on my ass when I fall. but the worst part of it was the chairlift, I had to ride by myself and cringe everytime I sit down. It hurt but I was determined to learn how to ride. thank god I kept at it.
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First day of snowboarding:
-Bruised tailbone(from falling on my ass so much)
-Twisted ankle(skating and losing control of the board)
-Pulled groin muscle(coming off the lift I put my rear foot down to stop and my board kept going so I did the splits)
-Sprained both wrists(I caught my toe edge so hard and I stuck out my hands to catch myself. I couldnt bend my wrists for 10 mins, I was sure I had just broken both of them)

Could barely walk, couldn't sit at all. I had to lift my legs manually with my arms, I literally could not get them up something small like a curb or a set of stairs. Driving to work was the most painful thing, I stood up for 3 weeks and slept on my stomach. I really wanted to give up after that and not do it anymore.

Then I took lessons and after one, I was able to link turns comfortably but still would fall. After 6, I became much more fluid and natural and began hitting jumps and boxes. I highly recommend professional instruction to anyone getting into snowboarding, save your body the abuse and get trained by someone who knows how to teach.
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for me personally my worst injuries came from slow speed at the beginner level, hooked edges in the flats etc,
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I've taken some spectacular wipeouts over the years, but I honestly don't think I've ever slammed as hard as I did as a beginner catching an edge at 5 mph.
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I couldn't do sit-ups for two weeks after my first snowboarding trip. My tailbone was bruised I think. I had a few slams last time, but I've gotten very good at the art of falling. No pain really, just utter exhaustion.
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