Get out and enjoy winter but take steps to protect yourself from common ski- and snowboard-related injuries such as sprains, strains, dislocations and fractures, an orthopedist says.
“No matter your skill level, everyone is susceptible to injury on the slopes,” said Dr. Allston Stubbs, an associate professor of orthopedics at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, said in a center news release. “Most of these injuries happen at the end of the day, so you may want to think twice before going for ‘one last run,’ especially when you’re tired.”
He outlined a number of ways to reduce your risk of injury:
Keep in shape and condition your muscles. Warm up thoroughly before an activity. Cold muscles, tendons and ligaments are vulnerable to injury. Stay on the sidelines if you’re exhausted or in pain.
Take lessons from a qualified instructor and never hit the slopes alone.