Young Female Snowboarders most likely to suffer injuries on the slopes

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Travel agency, cheap.co.uk has used its recent travel insurance claims data to compile the most common ski injuries and those most likely to get hurt whilst on the slopes.

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it's the risks that make the sport more appealing and interesting.

Cheap.co.uk announces data in ski claims has shown young, female snowboarders are the most likely to suffer injuries on the ski slopes.

A spokesmen commented: “our claims information has shown snowboarders are hurt more often then skiers with young females the most likely to cause themselves an injury.”

“We still see a significantly higher number of medical claims from skiers but this is to be expected as more travellers currently enjoy this activity. Our data has shown that the percentage of snowboarders at a resort is lower at around eighteen percent then the percentage of snowboarding related claims with comes in at around twenty two percent. It has been this way for a number of years now.”

Snowboarders are most likely to suffer from wrist or shoulder injuries and Cheap.co.uk found many injuries were a resulting of falling forward on snow with wrist sprains, wrist breaks, fractured collar bones and concussions topping the claims information.

Skiers suffered highly from torn knee ligaments, leg muscle bruises and other knee related injuries.

Cheap.co.uk continued: “The less experienced who are learning a new sport or activity are always the most at risk. Both skiing and snowboarding is an extreme sport and the risks can be extremely high so the data is not surprising in anyway. But it’s the risks that make the sport more appealing and interesting.”

With the company campaigning for the Scottish ski staycation, this data has been used well to tie in the campaign and help promote skiing in the top five Scottish ski resorts.

The prevention of injuries is about not just the right safety equipment but the manner in which you handle yourself whilst on the slopes, a form of common sense is required. This can however be much harder to instil in the child. A younger skier is likely to see an adult rushing down a hill at a speed fully suited to an expert with years of experience and think “that’s what I want to be doing” rather then building up and learning the skills required correctly.

There are many forms of safety equipment available and of course we would recommend checking through the options on offer to make sure the equipment you are hiring / purchasing is up to standard. Another recommendation is too check your ski travel insurance policy really offers the cover required. Travel insurance can vary massively in the level of cover between insurance companies and even the policies each provides so look out for medical cover and make sure this covers the winter sports activities you are looking to undertake, the last thing anyone wants is to be stuck abroad with increasing medical costs and an unusable insurance policy.

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