Snowboarder’s Ankle

Snowboarders—people who ride boards on snow—are common sufferers of an ailment known as a lateral talus fracture, sometimes called snowboarder’s ankle. This fracture is caused by jumping the snowboard and then landing on an uneven surface, such as a mountainside or a waffle.

The problem, according to orthopedic surgeons, is that the fractures are small, serious and hard to detect. When detected, the foot usually needs to be realigned using screws or plates. Sometimes small bits of bone can fall into to the fracture and surgery is required.

In order to prevent such injuries, snowboarders are urged to use only proper equipment and to practice often. “It is most important to practice not fracturing your ankle,” said a rail-thin man with a beard. He chewed gum loudly. “I’m practicing right now. Notice that my ankle isn’t fracturing as we speak. That takes skill.”

Other common snowboarder ailments include:

  1. Mountain Dew Coma
  2. Phish Withdrawal
  3. Shoulder-Length Hair Caught in Door
  4. Problem With Authority

About the Author

<p>"Dr." J.P. HuxtaBULL completed several CPR and sewing courses in the former Soviet Union and has received honorary medical degrees from the University of Okoboji, Empire State University and Hudson College. He currently works as a sports physician for various underground fight clubs and lawn dart leagues.</p>