Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Lauren Traub Teton quoted as Snowboard Safety Advocate founder  and snowboard safety advocate Lauren Traub Teton was quoted in the Poughkeepsie Journal on snowboard protective gear for The National Ski Areas Association’s 14th Annual National Safety Awareness Week, Jan. 19–27, 2013.

Skiing: Tips to keep snowboarders safe
by Julia Carlson Rosenblatt

Excerpt of the article

"Snowboard experts suggest that riders can minimize injury by wearing wrist guards, knee pads, and elbow pads, just as skate boarders and inline skaters do. Also a tailbone protector. Riders can improvise this by stuffing lots of bubble wrap in the back of their pants, or they may buy a product made specifically for snowboarding.Lauren Traub Teton of Pound Ridge, an avid rider and snowboard advocate, maintains a website with good advice for riders ( She recommends products that have worked well for her. She never rides without protective gear. Lest you be concerned about how you will look with all that protective equipment, I have been out on the slopes with her several times and never noticed it. What I notice most is her enthusiasm and skill, which is certainly enhanced by her knowing she has done her best to prevent injury.

As in skiing, common reflexive habits can lead to disaster. Because of the way snowboarders usually fall, the first reaction to a loss of balance is to extend the hands out to catch oneself. No wonder the most common injury is to the wrist. Traub Teton recommends that when you feel yourself losing balance, make a fist with your hands with the thumb outside, relax as much as you can, and try to spread the impact evenly over your knees and forearms if you fall forward. Wearing kneepads will make it easier to absorb impact on your knees, and tailbone protection will make a backward fall less harmful."

Snowboard tips and event coverage at www.SnowboardSecrets.TV

Snowboard Gloves with Wrist Guards, and Skateboard Wrist Guards designed by a doctor for Flexmeters/Docmeter here.

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Lauren Traub Teton & in the International Herald Tribune

Skiing vs. Snowboarding: What’s the Coolest Mountain Sport Now?

from IHT Rendezvous, The International Herald Tribune / The Global Edition of the New York Times
"Has Snowboarding Lost its Edge?" in his blog post for  The International Herald Tribune 

Lauren Traub Teton, founder of the SnowboardSecrets family of snowboard websites posted this response.

What can save snowboarding?
How about encouraging "grown-ups" to snowboard?
Unlike teaching 7 year-olds as Burton is doing, adults have their own money and cars and will become good customers in their own right.

Learning to snowboard is well within the realm of physical possibility for adults over 40, even those who have never skied. Having both feet locked in makes the muscles around the knee strong. Properly designed snowboard wrist protection should be worn, as beginner snowboarders have a four times greater chance of a wrist injury than more experienced riders. Other snowboard protective gear is helpful and can make the difference between pain and pleasure.

There are 530,530 snowboarders age 45 and older, as extrapolated from SIA figures. Yet we are invisible: nothing is marketed to our demographic. We never see people who look like us in advertisements for snowboard gear. When some savvy companies start marketing and catering to us with respect, we will support them.

Lauren Traub Teton
Snowboard Safety Advocate and

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Flexmeters Gloves with Wrist Guards built-in and Azzpadz Tailbone Protector are two ways to make snowboarding safer. Video here.