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Continuing with my blog series on snowboarder vs. skier injuries.... today I look at what causes the majority of injuries that occur on the mountain.
Definitely, we see more injuries at the end of the day when protective muscles are tired and less quick to respond. Faulty equipment is still a periodic problem but less and less common as the predictability and quality of the gear improves.
Dehydration is common in the mountains and causes your energy to decrease, which could potentially result in injury.
The phenomenon of the “weekend warrior”, who gets more easily fatigued versus the well-conditioned athlete, is a common factor in injuries at the end of the day.
Furthermore, we see injuries in patients who ski or snowboard beyond their ability.