Hitting the slopes as the winter of 2020 is almost upon us? Don’t let an accident or injury spoil your fun.
Winter sports and recreational activities have great health and cardiovascular benefits, however, it’s important not to underestimate the risks that cold weather can bring.
Here at Resonance Step + Stride Podiatry we see a surge of bone and joint injuries during the winter months and many could be prevented with the right preparation.
Sprains, strains, dislocations, fractures and more traumatic injuries can happen to anyone. Some suggestions on how to protect yourself:
- Be prepared: Before you tackle a winter sport, make sure your muscles are warmed up and in good condition. Cold muscles, tendons and ligaments are more prone to injury. Make sure to have water and other supplies on standby.
- Wear appropriate gear: Well-fitting protective equipment like goggles, helmets, gloves and padding is crucial. Your clothes should be layered, light, loose and wind-resistant. Footwear should be warm, provide ankle support and keep your feet dry.
- Follow the rules: If you’re unsure of the rules of your sport, it’s time to take a lesson with a qualified instructor, especially with sports like skiing and snowboarding. Knowing how to fall correctly and safely can drastically reduce your risk of injury.
- Keep an eye on the weather: Warnings about storms and extremely low temperatures are red flags. If you’re experiencing hypothermia or frostbite, seek immediate shelter and medical attention.
- Use common sense: Always have a buddy when participating in an outdoor sport or activity. If you feel pain or fatigue, don’t push yourself and stop the activity.
Don’t let winter sports injuries freeze your fun. By keeping in good physical condition, staying alert and stopping when you’re tired or in pain, you can enjoy the best of winter and reduce your risk of injury.
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