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Snowboarding Safety

Tips for hitting the slopes

(HealthDayNews) -- If snowboarding's your thing, you need to protect yourself against common but often preventable injuries.

The Medical College of Wisconsin suggests these tips:

  • Get in shape before hitting the slopes.
  • Use the right equipment. Beginners should go for all-purpose snowboards.
  • Learn from a trained instructor in good weather.
  • Wear wrist guards or keep your hands clenched in a fist position.
  • Consider using ski poles, especially if you're a beginner.
  • Wear a helmet. The back of the head is a frequent impact area.
  • Snowboard on uncrowded slopes that have packed snow.
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