The snowy season offers great opportunities for physical activity. You can keep in shape or simply engage in some fun leisure pursuits through simpler activities such as sledding and ice skating or go for more challenging options such as skiing and snowboarding. Whichever you choose, keep in mind that you are not immune to injuries so make sure you embark on any winter sports activity with a degree of caution and after adequate preparation.
To help people enjoy winter sports with minimum risk of injury, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has issued some advice and safety tips. A key piece of advice is to have a partner, as well as make sure you share your plans and location with a non-participant before leaving the house. It is also important to heed the weather forecast and make preparations for potential problems such as a big drop in temperature or storms. Make sure you have your mobile phone among your gear so that you can call for help in the event of emergency.
Safety also requires dressing for the occasion, one part of that being warm, water-resistant and wind-proof clothing. The rest involves appropriate protective gear such as goggles, helmets, gloves and padding. It is also essential to ensure that all your sporting equipment is working properly.
As with all sports, any session should be preceded by a thorough warm-up. This is vital because cold muscles, tendons and ligaments are far more susceptible to injury. Finally, you should have good knowledge of the rules governing your sport of choice, taking some lessons from a qualified instructor if need be.