How to Prevent Winter Sports Injuries01/25/14
SATURDAY, Jan. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Get out and enjoy
winter but take steps to protect yourself from common ski- and
snowboard-related injuries such as sprains, strains, dislocations
and fractures, an orthopedist says.
"No matter your skill level, everyone is susceptible to injury on the slopes," said Dr. Allston Stubbs, an associate professor of orthopedics at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, said in a center news release. "Most of these injuries happen at the end of the day, so you may want to think twice before going for 'one last run,' especially when you're tired."
He outlined a number of ways to reduce your risk of injury:
- Keep in shape and condition your muscles. Warm up thoroughly
before an activity. Cold muscles, tendons and ligaments are
vulnerable to injury. Stay on the sidelines if you're exhausted or
- Take lessons from a qualified instructor and never hit the
- Wear several layers of light, loose and water- and
wind-resistant clothing. Outfit yourself with all recommended
protective gear, such as goggles, helmet and padding.
- Your footwear should provide warmth, dryness and ample ankle
- Drink plenty of water before, during and after activities.
- If you have sore spots after an activity, apply an ice bag to
those areas for 20 minutes and then remove it for a couple of
hours. Repeat this a couple of times a day for one or two
"My advice isn't meant to take the fun out of winter sports. It's meant to help keep you on the slopes as much as possible," Stubbs said.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers
winter health and safety tips.
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