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Personal Safety
Protect yourself, others, and what to do in case of an accident.

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User: bmoore
Always use good judgment and know your limits out there on the mountain! Your head is one of the best tools you have to help you be safe throughout the day. It's called awareness and good old common sense. It is impossible to take into account all of the circumstances, events, situations, etc. that may occur. This advice is given for general information only. You assume the risk and must take responsibility for your own safety. LTF is not liable for the general information stated in this section.

Some of the things you should be aware of are: dress in layers and wear proper clothing for the conditions, wear protective gear, use sunscreen, keep hydrated (water), be aware of changing weather conditions, check your equipment, and most importantly stay within your personal limits. Safety first!

Know Your Limits

Limits vary from person to person and from day to day. You progress by pushing your limits, but you still want to be sure to remain safe and be in control. Make sure you have the skills to pay the bills. At the beginning of each new season, start riding and get some mileage before you go huge. Practice your basic skills first. Get acquainted with the features on the mountain as they vary from year to year. If you have an existing injury, be extra careful and make sure it's good and strong before playing hard.

Reasons to Wear Gear

If you are out doing freestyle tricks, there is a good chance you will be spending some time in the snow. Make sure you protect yourself with the proper equipment. This clip (on the CD) should provide some incentive to protect yourself out there. Not everyone likes wearing gear, but it's becoming "cool" to be smart about your snowboarding future. Personal gear may include coat, pants, boots, gloves, eye wear, helmet, other padding (butt, hips, shins, knees, elbows, back, etc.), sunscreen, wrist guards, braces, etc.

External Factors

When it comes to the great outdoors, you never know what to expect. Dressing appropriately for varied conditions will give you more time on the hill and less time in the lodge and sports shop. It's easier to cool down then to warm up. Be aware of the elements such as sun, wind, ice, snow, rain, and temperature. Some of the conditions you may encounter are: low light, white-outs, pre-season and post-season conditions, too much powder (yes there really is such a thing), bullet-proof ice, traffic, crowds (peer pressure), cameras, time of day, and speed of snow.

There are a number of internal factors that play a role in your ability to be sharp on the mountain. They may include pre-existing injuries, fatigue, substance abuse, peer pressure, pride, lack of sleep, mental awareness, etc.

Wrecking and Crashes

If you play hard, you fall hard! When out doing freestyle snowboarding, you are purposely putting yourself into risky situations and the consequences are real. Once you're in the air, your fate is sealed. Each situation is different and the advice given here is for general information only. Use common sense as you are ultimately responsible for how you handle your crashes, wrecks, falls, and slams. LTF is not liable for the following advice.

Having a sense of how to fall will help save you some serious pain. On most tricks, the approach and take-off will dictate the maneuver and landing. When practicing, set yourself up for success by focusing on a good approach and take-off, not just the maneuver and landing. If you do find yourself plummeting towards the earth, bring in the landing gear and take the slam as a whole. It's natural to reach out and try to brace yourself. Keep your arms and hands close to your body so you can prevent wrist and arm injuries. Some of the most common injuries associated with snowboarding are broken wrists, arms, shoulders, tailbones, legs, and back.

When riding rails, it is common to crash onto the rail or next to it. Make sure you pick a rail that is friendly according to your ability. On jumps, it is best if you land just past the knuckle or on the downhill slope. It's easy to go too big or come up short. This is common even when you have hit a jump multiple times. Be aware of the consequences. If you end up sliding down the transition, go with it unless someone or something is in your way. Keep your board up out of the snow until you are stopped. If you put your board down and stand up before you stop, you may get tossed for another loop.

Dealing with Accidents

Snow sports are considered high risk and adding a freestyle element increases these risks. Each situation is unique and the advice given here may not be appropriate for all circumstances and is for a general guideline only. LTF is not liable for the following advice.

Here are some pointers to deal with accidents:

  • Make sure that the scene is safe before you help your buddy or the person who got hurt. Don't put yourself in jeopardy.
  • If a skier or rider gets injured on a blind landing (not visible from above), send someone up to the top of the feature to stop all traffic. Flag down other riders and let them know that someone is hurt. Other skiers and riders may get mad at you because you are blocking their favorite feature, but do it anyway. Be Bold if you need to be. This will help the rescue workers and the injured person.
  • Send a few competent skiers or riders to get help from ski patrol. Make sure they know where and what happened.
  • In order to help others know that there is an injured person, set up an X with some skis 10 or 15 feet above the person. If no skis are available, have a snowboarder unstrap and put his/her board across the hill above the person. You need to have a rider flagging other skiers and riders down, not just an X.
  • If you are not certified in first aid, assist by helping to get patrol. Never move someone that might have a head, neck, or back injury. It is always best to leave first aid to the professionals (doctors, patrollers, EMT's, etc.).
User: ghoch4
Take it from me know where u ride and wear a helmet, or else u will hit your nug

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