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Skiers Vs. Snowboarders: Who Gets Hurt More?

Skiers Vs. Snowboarders: Who Gets Hurt More?

The American Journal of Sports Medicine sets the record straight.
By Samantha Berman
posted: 02/03/2012

We thought that the war between one and two plankers ended long ago, but the American Journal of Sports Medicine opens old wounds with a recent study finding that—drumroll please—snowboarders suffer more injuries on the slopes. Specifically, inexperienced female snowboarders. The Huffington Post breaks it down here.

Researchers at Burlington's University of Vermont College of Medicine followed 10,733 skiers and snowboarders who wound up at the medical clinic of an unnamed Vermont ski resort between 1988 and 2006. The study hashes out what we already know: Wrist, shoulder and ankle injuries are common among snowboarders, while knee ligament injuries (including ACL and MCL tears) take out the lion’s share of skiers. Overall, snowboarders recorded the higher rate of injury. Something else we already know? Skiing remains the superior sport. Guess that war's back on.

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What about knee injurys Vs. broken bones?? (that often heals 100%, AND alot faster then most knee injurys!)
Interesting study but I've found the opposite to be true. I split my time 50/50 between skis and board. Since 2007 I've torn an ACL, broken a foot, and broken two ribs on skis. In the same time period on the board I've been injury free. I also find the board a LOT easier on my knees.
I think calling one superior to the other is BS and bad reporting. Let's remember that skiing was nearly dead until snowboarding came along. Thanks to snowboarding, the ski technology has pulled its head out of its a$$ too. Why did it take 100 years to get a fat ski? As for injuries...Snowboarding beats the snot out of you when you first learn, skiing doesn't. You just don't take the hard falls on skis like you do on a snowboard when you first start. I truly think skiing is WAY easier on your knees and with decent instruction snowboarding is pretty safe to learn I've done both my whole life. I prefer to ski if it a groomer day but snowboard when it is a powder day. I just find it to be way more fun to surf the freshies than ski them. Skis do have an advantage for backcountry touring though. However to say one is superior, once again is a BS statement. Get over yourself.
EDIT I mean Snowboarding is WAY easier on knees.
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