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Snowboarding Wrist Protection for Beginners to Elite Athletes

The forearm and wrist account for around 35 to 45 percent of all injuries in snowboarding. Wrist protectors can prevent such injuries by limiting wrist hyperextension and attenuating impact forces. There are many wrist protector concepts, but little consensus as to which designs offer the most protection. While experimental protocols have been developed for characterizing existing wrist protectors, they are limited when it comes to predicting the influence of design changes. Finite element analysis (FEA) can be applied to further our understanding of wrist protector design concepts, without the need to build prototypes.

Attend this webinar to learn more about FEA models used for predicting the protective levels of snowboard wrist protectors. A candidate wrist protector has been selected, its parts replicated in a computer-aided design package and its constituent materials identified. Discover the range of FEA models that are being developed in Ansys LS DYNA, from a single splint or foam pad to a complete wrist protector fitted to a surrogate for simulating surface impact. The models will be compared against experimental data to ensure accuracy.



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