Skiing vs. Snowboarding – Is One Safer than the Other?

By Marc Haro, MD, MSPT

As snowboarding took impact as a mainstream sport within the 90s, the game has seen an astronomical enhance in members, particularly with the X era and millennials of as we speak. Albeit, as entry to extra gear turned accessible and ski resorts retrofitted their amenities to be used by snowboarders, increasingly more winter sport fanatics had been left with the selection for which sport to take part – snowboarding or snowboarding? And such a query additionally beckons one other much more obvious conundrum – which is safer?

On the floor, you’ll be able to take a look at every and attempt to make an apples to apples comparability. They’re each winter sports activities, typically carried out downhill and on snow. But in actuality, evaluating snowboarding to snowboarding isn’t any totally different than evaluating soccer to soccer. They’re drastically totally different sports activities that require equally totally different physique actions. And simply because each are performed on grass or turf doesn’t imply their members are topic to the identical kinds of accidents. The similar holds true within the argument between snowboarding and snowboarding, because the accidents related to every are additionally very totally different.

That mentioned, proof reveals us that total harm charges are increased with snowboarding. Snowboarders sometimes expertise extra higher extremity accidents, equivalent to wrist, clavicle and elbow, in addition to ankle fractures and concussions. However, I might primarily attribute that with youth and inexperience. For instance, we’re seeing many younger individuals hitting the slopes on snowboards with inferior gear and little to no coaching. In distinction, extra skilled adults who, by and enormous have a tendency to decide on snowboarding, typically take the right precautions essential to keep away from harm.

In reality, “Injury charges in snowboarders have fluctuated over time however at present stay increased than in skiers,” wrote the researchers in a research revealed within the American Journal of Sports Medicine. “Wrist, shoulder, and ankle accidents are extra frequent amongst snowboarders, whereas knee ligament accidents are extra frequent in skiers. Injured snowboarders had been considerably youthful, much less skilled, and extra prone to be feminine than injured skiers or snowboard management members.”

However, primarily based on what we all know, a suggestion can’t actually me made on whether or not snowboarding is safer than snowboarding, as every sport equally has its respective professionals and cons.

Regardless of whether or not you select to ski or snowboard, the most effective suggestion I could make is to make use of correct gear and take the time to obtain skilled coaching whilst you’re first starting to be taught.

Marc Haro, MD, MSPT, is an orthopedic surgeon with Asheville Orthopaedic Associates, an affiliate of Mission Health, and surgical director for Mission Sports Medicine. 

The Mission Orthopedics AOA Walk-In Clinic at Biltmore Park is situated at 310 Longs Shoals Road in Arden, and is open Monday – Friday. To schedule an appointment, name (828) 782-9330 or go to


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