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Snowboard injuries while listening to music less frequent, more severe

By Shereen Lehman

NEW YORK Fri Jul 25, 2014 4:07pm EDT

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Snowboarders who use personal music players while boarding have fewer injuries but the injuries they do sustain tend to be more severe, reports a new study from Canada.

Typical risk factors for snowboard injuries include being at an intermediate skill level, snowboarding at night and using jump or half-pipe features at a terrain park, the authors of the study note.

Wearing a helmet reduces the risk of head injuries and is mandatory at many terrain parks. Some new helmets include built-in speakers, so the researchers wanted to see if listening to music might impact injury risk.

The analysis was part of a larger study looking at injuries among snowboarders using terrain parks, lead author Kelly Russell told Reuters Health in an email.

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