We are in the peak of winter sports season! The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly caused an increase in people participating in winter sports in an effort to get outside and stay socially distant. Some may have even decided to try out a winter sport for the first time.
Common winter sports include:
- ice skating
- cross-country skiing
Winter Sport Safety Tips
These sports can be very enjoyable, however, there are ways to keep yourself safe while still appreciating the activity. One of the first ways is to ensure that you are wearing the appropriate gear, including a helmet, mask, goggles, gloves and any other safety gear or gear that will keep you warm. Additionally, get a good warm-up in before you start and make sure that you know your limitations.
All of these activities can be a great way to exercise and clear the mind. However, you should make sure that you do not go on new trails alone and start off slow. Most injuries occur at the end of the day and can be prevented by staying alert. You should also make sure that you stay in shape and stop the activity before you start to fatigue.
Common Winter Sports Injuries
Unfortunately, thousands of people are injured every year while participating in winter sports. According to OrthoInfo, almost 200,000 people were treated for injuries stemming from winter sports in just 2018 alone.
Some common injuries suffered by people participating in winter sports such as skiing or snowboarding include:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Spinal injuries
- Back injuries
- Knee / leg injuries
Injured while participating in a winter sport? Call UB Orthocare.
Following all of these safety measures can help keep you safe. However, if you happen to become injured by participating in one of these activities, we have convenient UB OrthoCare locations in Amherst and Orchard Park that you can visit for expert urgent orthopaedic care.