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Posted 11 months ago
Got Olympic Fever: Prevent Winter Sports Injuries
As most of the country is suffering through another deep freeze with record snowfalls watching the winter Olympics on TV is a highlight in this otherwise cold and snowy winter. After watching elite athletes at the Olympics many of us amateurs are tempted to experience that thrill of victory firsthand by participating in some of these winter sports. Curling is a fairly low injury sport but if you want to participate in higher profile sports such as skiing, snowboarding or snowmobiling you need to exercise some common sense along with your dreams for Olympic gold.
2.Take a lesson from a qualified instructor. Taking a lesson will not only teach you correct form and skills but you will also learn the rules of the sport such as looking uphill and yielding to others when you are merging onto a trial.
5.Check your equipment. Make sure your ski or snowboard bindings are adjusted correctly. For sleds make sure that there are no jagged, sharp edges or protruding rivets to catch clothes and skin on. If you are snowmobiling conduct a safety check before each ride and never start a ride without a full tank of gas.
6.Wear several layers of light, loose, water and wind resistant clothing for warmth and protection. Wear proper footwear for your activity that provides warmth and dryness. Wearing appropriate clothing will prevent frostbite. Frostbite physically affects the extremities, such as ears, fingertips, toes and your nose. Wear a hat that covers your ears, and wear a scarf or face covering around your mouth and nose. Wearing insulated gloves, boots and thick socks will prevent hand and foot injuries.
7.Wear appropriate protective gear for your sport including goggles, helmets, gloves and padding.
10.Seek shelter and medical attention immediately if you are experiencing the symptoms of hypothermia or frostbite.