The sport of snowboarding is increasing in popularity and seems to engender a relatively high risk of injury. The release binding specifically designed for snowboards, which at the moment is at the very beginning of its development, could contribute to a reduction of this risk.
The aim of the present study is to define criteria for the “retention” function of the release binding, and later to establish setting recommendations.
The loads (3 moments and 3 forces) transmitted to each boot via the binding were measured in the normal practice of snowboarding.
The peak loads measured had high scatter and correlated poorly with individual parameters such as weight, height, and snowboarding technique; hence the establishment of setting criteria is problematic at this time.
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