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  • Writer's pictureAdam Whatley

Common Sports Injuries associated with Winter Sports

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

If you enjoy winter sports or activities, stay safe and familiarise yourself with these injury hazards that are associated with some winter sports.

General advice - wear multiple, breathable layers of clothing that can provide sufficient insulatation. Warm up cold muscles with some light exercise and dynamic stretching. Stay hydrated - frequent water breaks.

If you do happen to sustain an injury, follow the R.I.C.E. Acute treatment protocol.

Skiing and snowboarding Common associated injuries: The most common injury associated with skiing and snowboarding is injuries. Poor skies or bad falls can cause knee injuries, particularly to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and also the meniscus.  In addition to this - Using out stretched arms to break a fall can cause shoulder injuries like rotator cuff tears or even shoulder dislocations. Falls can result in head injuries like concussions. Injury prevention tips associated with skiing and snowboarding: Wear goggles and a helmet for skiing and snowboarding. Ensure to fully test your bindings to make sure they're properly fitted.

Hockey Common injuries associated with hockey: Collisions with other players, poor equipment, or slips / falls on the ice can result in bruising, muscles injuries or even ligament tears. Injury prevention tips: Wear all the proper protective equipment when playing. New players should master basic skating skills first, and practice on hockey skates. With a few precautions, you can increase your odds of staying safe and injury-free throughout the winter. 

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