Almost 200,000 people are treated annually at hospitals, doctors' offices, and emergency rooms for injuries related to winter sports. This includes:
o 76,000 injuries from snow skiing
o 53,000 injuries from snowboarding
o 48,000 injuries from ice skating
To help prevent injury during your favorite winter sports and activities, follow the safety tips below:
O Keep in shape and condition muscles before participating in winter activities.
O Warm up thoroughly before playing or participating. Cold muscles, tendons, and ligaments are vulnerable to injury.
O Wear appropriate protective gear, including goggles, helmets, gloves and padding.
O Check that equipment is working properly prior to use.
O Wear several layers of light, loose and water- and wind-resistant clothing for warmth and protection.
O Take a lesson (or several) from a qualified instructor, especially in sports like skiing and snowboarding. Learning how to fall correctly and safely can reduce the risk of injury!
O Drink plenty of water before, during, and after activities.