February 21, 2013, 05:29:42 PM by Frosty
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One of the most common questions I get from first-time snowboarders is, "Do I need to wear wrist guards?"Snowboarding Wrist Guards may be a good idea to protect your hands, wrists and forearms from damage
-- especially when the snowpack is very hard. When first learning, you can expect to have numerous falls; slams where you place your palm down to catch yourself. Although this is not the correct way to fall down, it's hard not to react like this due to human nature.
Popular with beginners (who fall down a lot more than experienced riders) those with weak structures or prior injuries to the lower extremities of the arms find wrist guards helpful as well.
Some people claim that wrist guards can be dangerous in other ways, exposing fingers in unnatural ways. Other critics say that wrist guards promote bad habits like not falling properly.
On the flip-side, although it...