I just took up snowboarding. Are my ankles likely to get hurt?
Snowboarders are at a moderate risk for ankle injuries, especially once they get into aerial maneuvers. When coming down from a jump, your foot flexes upward at a sharp angle, and your ankle takes the pressure of the landing. Add to this the tendency of the foot to point outward while landing, and you have a recipe for a broken ankle. Keeping the foot straight ahead provides a safer landing.
You'll lower your risk of injury if you practice good technique and don't push yourself beyond your skill level. Watch for boots and bindings that better protect the ankles in the coming years.