Lately, more studies have been looking at this injury rate and drawing some conclusions about one way to prevent all these wrist injuries. The Colorado Snowboard Injury Survey collected information from over 7000 snowboard injuries. Their findings indicated that snowboarders wearing wrist guards were half as likely to injure their wrists than those not wearing guards.
Additionally, two random controlled trails (the gold standard in research studies) also looked at the benefits of wrist guards for snowboarders. Both studies demonstrated a significant reduction in wrist injuries in the group wearing guards.
So, what kind of wrist guard should you wear?
Wrist guards for snowboarders are becoming more readily available and are made for both over and inside the gloves as well as those integrated into the glove itself. What you should look for is a style and size that fits you well. try out a few at your local snowboard shop and you'll find something that works for you.