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Mercy Health System Physician Reports on Important Steps To Take To Avoid Winter Sports Injuries
Date:12/16/2012

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (PRWEB) December 16, 2012

The first thoughts of snow often brings visions of skating, skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports activities, leaving many people to rush out to embrace these sports before they are physically ready. This enthusiasm can lead to injuries if you are not mentally and physically prepared for winter conditions. - Brad Fideler, MD, Board certified orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine at Mercy Walworth Hospital and Medical Center in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Exercise year round. This strategy helps adjust your body to strenuous movements that winter sports require. If your body is not in good shape, start with a conditioning routine. Jogging, walking, weightlifting, blading, biking and aerobics are good preparations.

Stretch beforehand. On the day you’re heading for the great outdoors, stretching exercises should be done before each activity. Hold each stretch for at least 10 seconds and do not bounce while stretching.

Get equipment that fits. If you are a skier, pay careful attention to how your ski boots fit. As equipment, these are one of the most important, helping you stay injury-free.

Use the proper equipment for your size and skill levels. Skiers should buy the best bindings they can afford. Ski bindings that do not properly release during falls are the leading cause of severe lower-extremity skiing injuries.

Learn before you leap. Snowboarding, which is becoming the fastest-growing winter sports in the U.S., entails a high risk of injury, especially for people who do not learn about proper techniques and equipment. If you are a beginner, take a few lessons to help minimize in
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