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5 Tips to Prevent Winter Sports Injuries

In 2017, more than 220,000 thousand people suffered injuries related to winter sports like skiing, snowboarding and ice skating. From dislocated shoulders to concussions, fractures to sprains, winter sports present unique dangers to active individuals.

Stay healthy all winter long by following these tips from Bon Secours experts.

prevent winter injuriesWear the Right Gear

Snow and ice make falls more likely. To avoid injuries as a result of falls, it’s important to wear the right protective gear for your sport like helmets, gloves, padding, and goggles.

Your gear, including skates and boots, should fit snugly without being too tight. Loose gear can slip and slide, which makes falls more likely and doesn’t provide adequate support. Too tight gear can cut off blood circulation, make your body too cold and numb.

Pay Attention to Weather

You should always know weather conditions before you head outside. Cold temperatures may require more layers while warmer temperatures can lead to melting, slippery conditions. You should also be aware of any upcoming rain or snow storms that can make conditions hazardous.

Know How to Fall

There’s a right way and a wrong way to fall for every winter sport. Ensure you know the safest ways to fall to help prevent injuries. For instance, when you are skiing or snowboarding, try to point your feet downhill when you fall and don’t dig the edge of your ski or board into the snow (which could cause an ACL injury).

Listen to Your Body

If you feel tired, sore, or in pain, don’t go out on the slopes or on the rink. You’ll be putting yourself at risk of overuse injuries like tendon tears. When you’re in pain or tired, you can’t maintain the proper technique, putting you at risk of acute injuries like falls, too. Know when to call it quits so you can stay safe.

Warm Up Before Activity

Cold muscles are tight muscles—and tight muscles are at a higher risk for tendon tears or other injuries. You should always properly warm up and stretch your muscles before activity so that you are loose, limber, and ready for action.

Recover from your injuries safely with help from sports medicine experts at Bon Secours. Our trainers can help you rebuild strength and improve techniques to prevent future injuries. Contact us today for your personalized injury recovery plan.