Wrist Protector Working Group


Key Publications

Adams, C; James, D; Senior, T; Allen, T; Hamilton, N. (2016). Development of a method for measuring quasi-static stiffness of snowboard wrist protectors. Procedia Engineering . 147, 378-383.

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Michel, F. I., K.-U. Schmitt, R. M. Greenwald, K. Russell, F. I. Simpson, D. Schulz and M. Langran (2013). “White Paper: functionality and efficacy of wrist protectors in snowboarding— towards a harmonized international standard.” Sports Engineering 16(4): 197-210.

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Current Project

The ISSS alongside the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (BFU) have set up a working group (ISO/TC 94/SC 13/WG 11) to put together a harmonized international standard. The standard will outline minimum performance requirements snowboard wrist protectors should meet. The standard is currently a working draft, but is due to go through the ISO ballot process with the potential for publication in 2018.

The draft standard is based around a quasi-static bending test to assess the bending stiffness of wrist protectors in an ethical and repeatable manner.

Wrist Guard Test


  • Rick Greenwald
  • Kai-Uwe Schmitt
    ETH Zurich/AGU
  • Kelly Russell
    University of Manitoba
  • Peter Gyger
    Convenor of the ISO working group
  • Mike Langran
    President, ISSS
  • David Schulz
    ARAG Sports Insurance
  • Caroline Adams
    Sheffield Hallam University
  • Chloe Newton-Mann
    Manchester Metropolitan University

News and Updates

  • August 2016: ISO/TC 94/SC 13/WG 11 meet in Manchester
  • April 2016: ISO/TC 94/SC 13/WG 11 meet in Bern
  • April 2016:
    Chloe Newton-Mann commences PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University
  • March 2015:
    Working Group meets at ISSS Congress in San Vito di Cadore – Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
  • September 2014:
    Caroline Adams commences PhD at Sheffield Hallam University
  • March 2013:
    White Paper: functionality and efficacy of wrist protectors in snowboarding—towards a harmonized international standard published in Sports Engineering
  • August 2012:
    Wrist Protector Working Group to meet at ISSS Congress in Bariloche, Argentina Aug 2013
  • March 2012:
    Working Group White Paper draft committee formed December 2011: Sponsors join the process (see logos)
  • June 2011:
    Working Group meets at ISSS Congress in Keystone, Colorado USA

Future Events

  • CD-draft to ISO/TC 94/SC 13 for CD-Ballot (Ballot in November/December 2016) / Submission CD-draft to CEN consultant & CEN/TC 162 (November 2016)
  • Next ISO/TC 94/SC 13/WG 11 meeting: 2017-03-20/24 in Leeds / UK in conjunction with the annual ISO/TC 94/SC 13 meeting.