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Hey,

I鈥檓 new to the forum and fairly new to boarding - seriously got the bug!

Survived a week in Austria unscathed in Jan, came home, bought a board (Salomon Wonder ) and booked a lesson at a local SnowDome.....

Board and bindings were awesome, the control was amazing and I was loving it....then bam....took a really slow fall coming to a stop and just caught my thumb....bent it the whole way back and snapped my radius both horizontally and vertically.

Proper job! Traction the following day means I am now cast and on the road to recovery.

Anyway....can鈥檛 stop thinking about boarding so wanted to pick your experienced brains on wrist guards for when I鈥檓 back on my board.

Being a oldie I don鈥檛 want to risk damaging my wrist again. Traction is not something I ever want to repeat!!

What do you guys recommend? I wear mitts so pref something that will fit under

Thanks x

Ps follow my progress on insta if you want.... @lovelifelouise

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Traction is the worst! I'm sorry you went through that. I'm glad all that pain hasn't turned you off from shredding. Snowboarding usually doesn't hurt that bad. I know Burton makes some pretty low profile wrist guards.

I think learning how to fall properly should be the first thing taught at lessons. It's important to tuck your arms in and not try to stick them out to catch yourself. That said, falls happen suddenly and you don't always have full control over your form as you go down.
 

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Ya for your fall wrist guards aren't gonna do anything. You gotta learn to fall without exteding an open palm to catch yourself. For people who really cant stop you can try holding a ball in your hand inside your mitt while riding. This can help you stay focused on not opening your hand and falling with a closed fist.
 

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Ya for your fall wrist guards aren't gonna do anything. You gotta learn to fall without exteding an open palm to catch yourself. For people who really cant stop you can try holding a ball in your hand inside your mitt while riding. This can help you stay focused on not opening your hand and falling with a closed fist.
Ah yes this is what I do......however my thumb is held separately inside my mitt and I didn鈥檛 ball it up quickly enough and caught my thumb. Bit of bad luck really.
I have heard people say wrist guards don鈥檛 do anything.....however since I broke my wrists whilst not wearing them I think I would at least try them if not just to add a bit more protection to this duff wrist


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I shattered my wrist 3 weeks ago at peace park. Had to have a plate and screws put in, doc says 12 week full recovery, but I'll be tempted to ride in March. Whats your recovery timetable, and anybody have tips for riding with a broken wrist? @Argo
 

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I shattered my wrist 3 weeks ago at peace park. Had to have a plate and screws put in, doc says 12 week full recovery, but I'll be tempted to ride in March. Whats your recovery timetable, and anybody have tips for riding with a broken wrist? @Argo
I found out yesterday I don鈥檛 need surgery and a plate PHEW!! The traction put my bones in a good position and they are super happy with it in a cast - surprising to me considering there was a wedge of bone hanging off
Anyway, all being well it鈥檚 another 5 weeks in a cast for me.....but I will probably give it 3 months before I ride again and will be adding wrist guards to my arsenal

It was funny when I did it at the SnowDome.....snapped my wrist, unclipped and bossed it down the slope to my instructor who said he didn鈥檛 believe me because I wasn鈥檛 crying......then I showed him the massive lump on my arm where my bone was out of place
I鈥檝e given birth.......I guess breaking my wrist was bearable
Wouldn鈥檛 want to do it again though!!!


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The reality is a helmet and wrist guards are 2 things you shouldn't board without, especially if you're learning. I don't care how good you think you are, at some point you will wish you had a helmet at least, even if you are good at falling like a lot of skateboarders are. So, having said that, if you want decent wrist guards last time I looked you had only 2 options, and neither are worn under gloves.
Docmeter FlexMeter and Level are purpose built. Both have different approaches and both have them built into the gloves. Both are bulkier than your mittens but both will actually make a difference in regards to a broken wrist from my experience. I'm the only one in my family who wears them, I'm also the only one without a broken wrist even though I need them maybe once in 100 days riding. I choose to keep my wrists ok for surfing at the expense of not looking as cool but it's a individual decision.
 

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Yes, same company...looks like it's now called just Flexmeter. Personally I think they are better than Level but bulkier. Researched the hell out of them at the time as I was going to import them into Australia. Excellent option.
 

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Yes, same company...looks like it's now called just Flexmeter. Personally I think they are better than Level but bulkier. Researched the hell out of them at the time as I was going to import them into Australia. Excellent option.
Great thanks will go for it when I get paid....may have to buy some larger mitts too


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"Wrist guards are a debatable topic. The argument is if you鈥檙e wearing wrist guards the break will transfer further up the arm/shoulder causing bigger issues."

A. You would be substantially better off with a break further up the arm
B. That old argument has been clinically proven to be rubbish by a number of studies, yet it persists.
C. Learning to fall is a big part of the way to reduce all types of injuries I agree.
 

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I've only ever broken a wrist while snowboarding while I was wearing wrist guards. They protect the soft tissues of the wrist by forcing a break in the bone. From a biking accident, I've got two plates in my left wrist. My doctor told me not to break that wrist again, but also not to use wrist guards lol. He said it would explode with all that hardware in it, and that guards would focus pressure on the hardware. I personally would not wear wrist guards if you're worried about breaking bones. Just learn how to fall better. And yes, this advise is coming from a lifelong skateboarder. Falling technique is important.
 

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Yeah I had mixed advice tbh....might chat to my consultant!
The reason I hadn鈥檛 worn wrist guards so far is because I was told it forces a break further up - If it鈥檚 gonna break it鈥檚 will break somewhere

I dunno! I鈥檓 probably damned if I do and damned if I don鈥檛
 

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"Wrist guards are a debatable topic. The argument is if you鈥檙e wearing wrist guards the break will transfer further up the arm/shoulder causing bigger issues."

A. You would be substantially better off with a break further up the arm
B. That old argument has been clinically proven to be rubbish by a number of studies, yet it persists.
C. Learning to fall is a big part of the way to reduce all types of injuries I agree.
Do you have links to the studies? would be interested in reading them.
I have Level super-pipe gloves. burly, armoured feel to them, haven't fallen hard with them, so can't comment on effectiveness
 

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There are others, and this one is self proclaimed, but I have read something years ago by the designer/owner at the time who I think was a French traumatic surgeon who constantly saw these things...i believe...anyway, more than enough evidence regardless.
"Scientific Study on the Flexmeter Single Sided Wrist Protection/Guard:
Scientific studies have shown the effectiveness of the Flexmeter in reducing the risk of injuries. Wrist fractures have diminished by 67% in a group of athletes wearing the Flexmeter wrist guards, compared to a group wearing no protection." This does not surprise me in the least although I didn't wear double sided.

If you are a boss skater, you probably have already stuffed up your wrist learning to fall and no longer need them :)
 

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Wrist guards are a debatable topic. The argument is if you鈥檙e wearing wrist guards the break will transfer further up the arm/shoulder causing bigger issues.

I鈥檒l be focusing more effort on learning to fall. Learn to tuck and roll or fall on your forearms.
Both of those points are regularly churned out, & they make me cringe. Wrists are easy to break, & being a complex joint can result in years of pain & motion restriction. If preventing your wrist bending past the point where it would break means you break your forearm instead, so be it; they're much easier to deal with, & that amount of force would probably cause a particularly nasty wrist fracture.

As for the tuck & roll - fine when you're moving down the hill, but completely impossible when you're going slow & catch the heel edge, slamming over backwards, like all beginners do. That's the real danger for wrists.
 

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I've had to have a wrist reconstructed, and it was terrible. At the time I was a professional drummer, and it took a full year of PT to get full mobility back- that's a significant amount of pain everyday for a year. Anything one can do to avoid that is important. I'm personally not convinced that wrist guards do much besides convert a strain into a forearm fracture, but fractures are probably easier to deal with in the long run anyway. Unfortunately, I've got too much hardware in my forearm to play that game anymore. Also, I broke a wrist my first time on a snowboard when I was wearing wrist guards and was too young to know how to fall properly yet. Would that fall have destroyed my wrist joint? Who knows- maybe. If wearing wrist guards makes you feel better, you should do it.

I've been considering wearing body armor in the trees so I don't get skewered. Whatever makes you feel safer is usually a good thing, unless it makes you reckless. I wouldn't ride without a helmet. Wrist guards are cool too. Might as well throw on some padded shorts (I broke my tailbone at Vail) or some knee pads. I just bashed my kneecap so hard on a boulder the other day.
 

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I've had to have a wrist reconstructed, and it was terrible. At the time I was a professional drummer, and it took a full year of PT to get full mobility back- that's a significant amount of pain everyday for a year. Anything one can do to avoid that is important. I'm personally not convinced that wrist guards do much besides convert a strain into a forearm fracture, but fractures are probably easier to deal with in the long run anyway. Unfortunately, I've got too much hardware in my forearm to play that game anymore. Also, I broke a wrist my first time on a snowboard when I was wearing wrist guards and was too young to know how to fall properly yet. Would that fall have destroyed my wrist joint? Who knows- maybe. If wearing wrist guards makes you feel better, you should do it.

I've been considering wearing body armor in the trees so I don't get skewered. Whatever makes you feel safer is usually a good thing, unless it makes you reckless. I wouldn't ride without a helmet. Wrist guards are cool too. Might as well throw on some padded shorts (I broke my tailbone at Vail) or some knee pads. I just bashed my kneecap so hard on a boulder the other day.
re body armour, its going to be somewhat of a trade-off between protection and mobility. Knee & elbow pads, Helmet and padded shorts are my default, plus an Evoc day pack with a back protector. The padded shorts I like are Dainese Hard shorts E1. great hip, thigh and coccyx protection. They are a mesh construction for great ventilation. I got them for mountain biking.
A t-shirt style protector with chest and shoulder armour would be a great addition, if I can find something that is protective enough while still being able to move.
YMMV with all of this, but I've taken a few hard hits, and IMO, padding can be a great help.
 
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