Encourage Snowboarders to Exercise Greater Caution On the Slopes

Target: Christopher D. Harner, President of the Board of Directors for The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Goal: Create a safer environment for winter-related activities on mountain slopes, with special regard for making snowboarding healthier and safer.

Numerous reports from mountain resorts across the country have indicated rising injury rates among their customers. This would not be quite as alarming if the reports did also indicate that these injury hikes were occurring all in resorts that had recently permitted snowboarding as an activity. Given that snowboarding itself can be highly dangerous, it is important to not allow it to become dangerous to others. Therefore, it is imperative that snowboarders understand the dangers that come with their activity and exercise greater caution while on the slopes.

Injury reports from resorts in New Mexico and Vermont are showing an increased amount of injuries that are usually incurred by snowboarders: broken wrists, sprained wrists, and most types of upper-body damage. Such upper-body injuries saw the most dramatic rise in the report, as opposed to the lower-body injuries usually incurred by skiers.

While the resorts themselves can help keep their own environment safer by making slopes wider or increasing accessibility to protective gear, it is necessary for the participants themselves to become aware of the danger they cause and make sure to address it accordingly. They need to become aware of the rising injury risk among snowboarders and know that they need to protect themselves better, and avoid posing a threat to others on the slopes. It is through these actions that greater public safety can be attained in these environments. Urge the president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine to encourage snowboarders to be more cautious on the slopes.


Dear Board President Harner,

Injuries are on the rise at mountain resorts around the country, and it looks as though most of the people getting injured seem to be getting injured while snowboarding. Action must be taken to reverse this trend and increase public safety on the mountain slopes.

Snowboarders need to understand the dangers associated with their activity, both for themselves and for those around them. This can mean requiring them to be of a certain skill level before they can go on certain runs, or being exposed to some kind of additional safety expository material before they begin their runs. It could also mean necessitating an increase in mandatory safety gear before runs. Any action that can increase their safety must be considered.

Injury prevention is the key here; avoiding injuries is what needs to occur. Keep your slopes safer by ensuring that your snowboarders are safer.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Robert Ortiz says:

    Safety first.

  2. Snowboarding is fun, and should always be considered a recreational activity. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not still dangerous, or that it shouldn’t be approached with a high level of caution.

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