Winter is associated with a whole different range of sports and outdoor activities for both children and adults, although unfortunately these can sometimes result in minor or more serious injuries. Here are some tips to help stay safe without missing out on the fun of winter activities.
There is a broad range of bracing winter activities that give people the opportunity to enjoy fresh air and sunshine and exercise when it´s snowy outside, like hockey, ice skating, sledding, skiing and snowboarding. But while these activities are fun, they can be dangerous and precautions should be taken to avoid injuries. Sledding, for instance, is one of the activities most loved by kids and one of the safest, but it can pose risks to people who are not careful.
Most winter sports injuries are sustained as a result of bodies pounding on a hard surface, such as ice or compacted snow. Head traumas are the most widespread and most serious injury resulting from sledding due to the difficulty associated with brain treatment that often evolves into long-term health issues. The best precaution is to wear a helmet that fits well and is suitable for the sport. Helmets should also be a must for everyone engaging in hockey, snowboarding and ice skating since protecting your head is the most essential injury prevention measure for any athlete.
Additionally, people taking part in winter sports activities should learn how to fall to minimise the impact and avoid hurting their shoulders. Shoulder injuries, which are also among the most frequent complaints resulting from winter sports, happen when a person tumbles and lands on the tip of their shoulder. Such injuries can have a less pronounced impact if the person falls in a somersault position, and this is the same way they should fall to avoid injuring a wrist.