Fitness & Nutrition

Winter Sports Injuries

December 18, 2023

Skiing, snowboarding, running, sledding, oh my! Winter brings a new set of fun sports – which inevitably lead to a fair share of winter sport injuries. Here are a few common injuries to be aware of – and what you can do to protect yourself. 

Winter Sports Injuries and Prevention 

Most winter sports hinge on – you guessed it – winter weather. Nothing beats a great snowfall for the skiers, snowboarders, and sledders among us. However, the slick conditions necessary for that epic run down the mountain are also fair play for falls and collisions. The most common winter sports injuries are sprains, strains, dislocations, and fractures. Lacerations from sharp equipment and concussions from falls and crashes aren’t far behind.  

While nothing you do can guarantee you’ll avoid injury, there are some precautions you can take to set yourself up for victory this winter. 

The majority of injuries occur at the end of the day, when you’ve expended all your focus and energy before heading out for “one more run.” Know your body and pay attention to when it’s signaling you to stop for the day. An injury that takes you out for the rest of the season isn’t worth that last run when you’re exhausted. 

Another precaution to take is to play according to your skill level. Sure, challenge helps us grow, but taking on that black diamond when you’ve just graduated from the bunny hill is a definite set-up for injury. If you’re wanting to level up your skills, invest in a lesson or two to gain proper form and technique. Your body will thank you! 

When using equipment to enjoy the wintery outdoors, make sure that everything is in working order and fits properly. It may be tempting to make do with ski boots that are a bit too small or a snowboard that’s “almost the right size”, but this increases your risk of injury. Make sure clasps and other mechanisms are operating smoothly. 

Even though it’s cold outside and you’re not likely to be sweating buckets, staying hydrated is of utmost importance when participating in winter sports. Hydration keeps your brain functioning properly, as well as keeping many other organs and systems on track. Bring plenty of water with you and stop frequently to replenish your body as you play. 

By paying attention to these basics, your risk of injury this winter will be reduced. Winter sports are a wonderful way to spend time outdoors, and a little planning will keep your body safe. 

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