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Snowboarding Injuries

Sachtleben, Thomas R. MD, MS

doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e318237be2a
Competitive Sports and Pain Management

Snowboarding has gained immense popularity during the past 30 years and continues to appeal to many young participants. Injury patterns and characteristics of injuries seen commonly in snowboarders have rapidly evolved during this time. Risk factors have emerged, and various methods of reducing injuries to snowboarders have been investigated. It is important that medical providers are knowledgeable about this growing sport and are prepared to adequately evaluate and treat snowboarding injuries. This article will review the issues and discuss diagnostic and treatment principles regarding injuries seen commonly in snowboarders. Injury prevention should be emphasized, particularly with young riders and beginners.

Orthopaedic Center of the Rockies, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Address for correspondence: Thomas R. Sachtleben, MD, MS, 2500 E. Prospect Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525 (E-mail:

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