What is Snowboarding?

Snowboarding is a recreational activity that involves sliding down a slope on a snowboard.

Snowboarding is a popular winter sport that involves a person attaching their shoes to a fixed mount on a snowboard, and descending a slope that is covered with snow. Fresh snow is better, which is why snowboarding is primarily done in mountainous cold areas in the winter, so as to have a fresh supply snow falls. However, there are man-made slopes available now for snowboarding.

Snowboarding dates back to 1910s in some form or another. However, the first official account of snowboarding dates to 1965, when Sherman Poppen, an engineer invented a snowboard like toy for his daughters by tying two skis together and attaching a rope to one end for control. The daughters would then stand on the board and slide downhill. The toy was so popular with his daughters and their friends that he trademarked them.

Snowboarding has been inspired by skateboarding, sledding, surfing, and skiing. Since its ‘official’ inception in the 1960s, the sport has gained massive popularity and very quickly. It has become the second most popular winter recreational sport after skiing. There are now many snowboarding contests and competitions held, of which the biggest include the Air & Style, the X-Trail Jam, Burton Global Open Series, Shakedown, FIS world championships, FIS World Cup, the Winter X Games and the Winter Dew Tour. In 1998, snowboarding joined the line up of the Winter Olympic Sports.

However, snowboarding has a high risk of injury, which is consistent with such a high activity sport. The injury rate for snowboarding is about four to six per thousand persons per day. This is almost double the injury for skiing. Still, majority of injuries are not lethal, and in fact about 40% of all injuries are sprains. Also, most of the injuries occur in beginners and amateurs, especially those who do not train with a professional instructor. 

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