The winter is a great time to go outside. We love to enjoy all of the activities that come with the winter snow; everything from ice skating and sledding to snowboarding and skiing. This time of year can be wonderful, if we make the extra effort to prevent the many injuries that can come with these activities.
Here are the facts on winter sport injuries:
- 144,000 injuries from snow skiing
- 148,000 from snowboarding
- 58,500 from ice skating
- 91,000 from sledding and tobogganing
The most common injuries that occur from participating in winter sports include sprains, strains, dislocations, and fractures. Although those numbers are large, most of those injuries could have been prevented.
There are some things you can do to prevent injury while being active this winter.
- Never participate alone in a winter sport.
- Be sure to train and be in the proper shape when participating in more intense winter sports.
- Warm up thoroughly before engaging in the activity. Cold muscles, tendons, and ligaments are vulnerable to injury.
- Wear the appropriate gear and winter clothing.
- Pay attention to the weather. Understand that the temperature can be so cold that it is dangerous to be outside for long periods of time.
- Drink plenty of water – before, during, and after activities.
- Listen to your body. Avoid participating in sports if you are in pain or feeling exhausted.
With this tips in mind, there is nothing stopping you from going out and making the most of the beautiful winter weather!