Winter Sports Safety Tips to Safely Skate, Slide and Glide this Season

If you are planning to travel for a ski trip this season, there are some safety tips you should pay attention to.

Sprains and muscle strains, dislocations, and fractures are among the most common injuries from skiing, as well as other winter sports such as ice skating and sledding.

More than 440,000 people were treated in hospitals, doctors’ offices and emergency rooms for winter sports-related injuries in 2010, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This includes more than:

  • 58,500 ice skating injuries
  • 91,000 injuries from sledding and tobogganing
  • 144,000 snow skiing injuries
  • 148,000 snowboard injuries.

As part of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’(AAOS) on-going Prevent Injuries America!® campaign, the AAOS urges children and adults to consider these additional winter sports injury prevention tips before braving the snow:

  • Never participate alone in a winter sport.
  • Check the weather for snow and ice conditions prior to heading outdoors.
  • Dress for the occasion.
  • Warm up thoroughly before playing.
  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after outdoor activities.
  • Keep in shape and condition muscles before partaking in winter activities.
  • Know and abide by all rules of the sport in which you are participating.
  • Avoid participating in sports when you are in pain or exhausted.
  • Seek shelter and medical attention immediately if you, or anyone with you, is experiencing hypothermia or frostbite. Early frostbite symptoms include: numbness and tingling in your digits, lack of feeling and poor motion.
  • Consider carrying a cell phone in case of an emergency.