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Avoiding Injury During Winter Sports

Common winter sport injuries from skiing and snowboarding include sprains, strains, dislocations, and fractures. Often, these injuries occur at the end of the day, as people try to get in one more ski, sled or snowboard run, despite fatigue or discomfort. Fortunately, most winter sports injuries can be prevented if participants stay in good physical condition, gradually increase their level of difficulty, and stay alert and stop when they are tired or feel pain.

Stay safe by following these additional winter sports safety tips:

  • Don't go it alone. Whenever possible, stay with a partner.
  • Check the forecast. Be aware of all warnings about storms and drastic drops in temperature.
  • Dress properly. It's a good idea to wear several loose, water-and-wind-resistant layers to stay dry and warm.
  • Warm up. Like any sport, it's important to take it slow and warm up before engaging in vigorous winter activities.
  • Stay connected. Be sure to carry a cell phone in case of an emergency.
  • Don't forget the basics. Wear helmets, stay well-hydrated, and use sunscreen.

When injuries occur, talk to your orthopedic physician to discuss the best approach to allow your injury to heal and get back to your favorite activities. Learn more about the Barton Center for Orthopedics & Wellness or call 530.539.6600.