In 2014 there was an estimated 15 million snowboarders worldwide. Like many extreme sports there is always the possibility of injury. Extensive research has shown snowboarders sustain more wrist injuries than any other sport in the world. In particular beginner or novice snowboarders are the most susceptible to injury and often times wear no protective gear when first learning. Although there has been research into the efficacy of upper extremity protection in snowboarding, a universal standard has yet to be developed to judge current wrist protection. Due to this fact my thesis explores innovative ways to reinvent the wrist guard through the lense of a designer concerned with the socio-ergonomic issues of current wrist guard protection. Throughout my thesis I’ll be exploring ways that design can encourage wrist protection use with in the beginner snowboard community.

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Industrial Design (MFA)


Alex Lobos

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Mindy Magyar

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Shu Change


RIT – Main Campus