IASIS Healthfix: Winter Sports – Training and Safety Tips to Prevent Injury

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Although winter isn’t quite here yet, now is the time to begin preparing your body for your favorite winter sports. It can be difficult to jump right back into cold-weather activities, and injuries such as sprains, strains, dislocations, and fractures are common during the winter. Injury prevention includes proper training and a few safety measures to keep in mind.

Common Winter Sports Injuries

  • Concussion
  • Strained muscles
  • Ligament tears
  • Dislocations
  • Bone fractures

Injury Prevention Tips for Winter Sports Season

  • Condition muscles before starting winter activities
  • Properly warm up and stretch
  • Wear the appropriate protective gear
  • Check that all equipment is working properly
  • Pay attention to what your body is telling you
  • Wear several layers of water- and wind-resistant clothing
  • Take lessons from a qualified instructor if you’re new to the sport
  • Don’t go out alone
  • Know your limits
  • If you suspect an injury, it is important to stop the activity immediately. In the case of minor injuries, R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) can be an effective at-home treatment plan. However, if symptoms persist or are severe, you should receive a medical evaluation.
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