Navigation Links
Checklist for Winter Sports Safety
Date:1/27/2013

SUNDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Winter sports provide a great way to enjoy the cold weather and to stay in shape, but can pose risks if you don't take proper precautions, an expert warns.

"Though some of us like to stay home indoors during the cold winter months, there are actually several sports that can help you take off the holiday pounds," Dr. Shepard Splain, chairman of the orthopedics department and director of the sports medicine division at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in New York City, said in a hospital news release.

"Skiing, skating and snowboarding are not only fun, but they are great cardiovascular exercises for anyone looking to be outside," Splain said. "Still, these activities are often more dangerous due to their high speeds and hard surfaces. The best way to stay safe and enjoy the entire season is to be prepared."

Begin your conditioning weeks in advance by doing core strengthening, stretching and some form of calisthenics, Splain said. Be sure you have the proper equipment and that it has been checked and tuned. Always wear appropriate protective gear, such as helmets and eyewear.

Dress appropriately and make sure you can adapt your clothing to suit changing weather conditions, Splain advised.

Know and adhere to your limitations, especially if you're on unfamiliar terrain. Take it easy early in the season and wait until you are back in form before tackling more challenging conditions.

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water or sports drinks. Many people do not realize how quickly they can dehydrate in cold weather. Never drink alcohol when doing winter sports. Alcohol slows response times and affects your decision-making abilities.

Don't ignore injuries. If you have a hard fall, seek immediate medical attention if it is anything worse than a scrape or bruise, Splain said. Symptoms of common winter sports injuries such as concussions or knee damage can start out mild before getting worse over the course of a day.

More information

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers more winter sports safety tips.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, news release, Jan. 17, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Surgery Checklists Help OR Teams in a Crisis, Study Finds
2. Communications training, surgical checklist can reduce costly postoperative complications
3. Vaccinations Belong on Parents Back-to-School Checklists
4. The REMARK checklist explained: How to use guidelines on reporting tumor marker prognostic studies
5. Quorn Foods Inc. Comments on an Article Regarding Easy Vegetarian Meals for the Cold Winter Months
6. Winter Sports Safety: Preparation Is Key
7. Tips to Keep Kids Safe, Warm During Winter
8. Snowboarding Tops List of Winter-Sports Injuries
9. Winter Holds Many Hazards for Seniors, Expert Warns
10. Tips to Avoid Dry Skin During Winter
11. Dog Days of Winter: Keeping Pets Safe, Warm
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Checklist for Winter Sports Safety
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... 05, 2016 , ... Freed-Hardeman University President Joe A. Wiley ... joint enrollment and degree completion agreement. The agreement, which begins with the ... FHU|Dickson. , The agreement allows students to be jointly admitted to both ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... The American public tends to feel ... be safer than regular municipal or well water. The recent experience with lead contaminated ... could go a long way toward increasing public acceptance of recycled waste water as ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... York, New York (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... announced the election of Patrick McDermott as Chairman of the National Board of Directors. ... Pat as Chairman of the Board,” stated Leslie A. Chambers , APDA President ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... In sleep, when the defenses of the ... hallmark feature of patients with eating disorders is significant self-criticism, and consequently these patients ... obsessions are regarded as maladaptive means for coping with this unease, but also leads ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Boston, MA (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 ... ... hosted its inaugural Columbia University Men’s Soccer Career Development event in New York ... KICVentures, and Rocco Commisso, Chairman and CEO of Mediacom, (both alumnus of the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/5/2016)... , Feb. 5, 2016 ... addition of the "Global Obstetrics Partnering ... company profile to their offering. --> ... of the "Global Obstetrics Partnering 2010-2016: ... profile to their offering. --> ...
(Date:2/4/2016)...   Bernstein Liebhard LLP today announced that a ... District Court for the District of Arizona ... all persons or entities who purchased common shares of Insys ... from March 3, 2015 through January 25, 2016 (the "Class ... with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... LONDON , Feb. 4, 2016 ... and competitive market to drive long-term market growth ... very common set of chronic disorders that affect ... disparate in terms of their symptoms and key ... by dysregulation of immune pathways and an inappropriate ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: