Navigation Links
Skate Through Winter Sports Injury-Free

A few tips can keep you safe during these cold, snowy months

ROSEMONT, Ill., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For some, wintertime offers an opportunity to stay inside with a blanket and a good book -- but for others, the season brings with it a whole new excitement of sports and outdoor activities for children and adults alike.

Hockey, ice skating, sledding, skiing (, snowboarding and other cold-weather activities are a great way to get some fresh air and exercise during those long chilly months. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons ( (AAOS) has some helpful hints to help prevent injuries while enjoying these pastimes.

"Vigorous activity such as skiing is important, but the cold temperatures and slippery surfaces of winter can produce significant injuries, especially for children," says Allan Mishra, MD, spokesperson for the AAOS and orthopaedic sports medicine specialist. "However, wearing proper clothing, protective gear and avoiding extreme weather conditions can improve their safety so no one misses out on the winter fun."

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2007:

  • Snowboarding was the leading cause of winter sports injuries, sending 149,388 people to hospital emergency rooms, doctors' offices, clinics and other medical settings.
  • Skiing came in second with 131,454 injuries.
  • Other sports and activities on the list include ice skating with 58,380 injuries, ice hockey with 47,594, sledding ( and tobogganing with 107,890 and snowmobiling with 34,699.

The Academy offers the following tips to help prevent these winter sports ( injuries:

  • Cold muscles, tendons and ligaments are more susceptible to injury. To avoid this, do some light exercises for at least 3 to 5 minutes, then slowly and gently stretch the muscles to be exercised, holding each stretch for at least 30 seconds.
  • If you are avidly training in a formal sport, such as professional figure skating, ensure that the activity is led by a trained coach.
  • Take frequent water breaks to prevent dehydration and overheating.
  • Avoid participating in sports when experiencing pain or exhaustion.
  • Never ski, sled, ice skate, snowmobile or snowboard alone.
  • Know and abide by all rules of the sport in which you are participating.
  • Wear appropriate protective gear, including goggles, helmets, gloves and padding, and make sure equipment is in good working order and used properly.
  • For warmth and protection, wear several layers of light, loose and water- and wind-resistant clothing. Layering allows you add and remove clothing to accommodate your body's constantly changing temperature when outside or in a cold environment such as an indoor ice rink.
  • Wear proper footwear that provides warmth and dryness, as well as ample ankle support.
  • When falling, try to fall on your side or buttocks. Roll over naturally, turning your head in the direction of the roll.
  • Pay attention to warnings about upcoming storms and severe drops in temperature to ensure safety.
  • Become familiar with the whereabouts of fences, trees, rocks, open water and patches of ice. Stay on marked trails and avoid potential avalanche areas, such as steep hillsides with little vegetation.
  • Be prepared for emergency situations and have a plan to reach medical personnel to treat injuries.

For more about American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons visit:

SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Figure Skater Peggy Fleming, HealthSaver Says: Take Pains For Back Strains, 2nd Most Common Doctor Complaint
2. Figure Skater Peggy Fleming Teams with HealthSaver: Raise Healthy Children Through Active Parenting
3. Figure Skater Peggy Fleming Teams With HealthSaver: Cook Your Way to a Healthy Diet
4. Figure Skater Peggy Fleming Teams with HealthSaver: Heart Healthy Living
5. Skatepark injuries can incur economic pain
6. Figure Skater Peggy Fleming Teams with HealthSaver: A New Year, A New You
7. Figure Skater Peggy Fleming Teams With HealthSaver: Healthy Sleep Tips for a New You in 2008
8. Figure Skater Peggy Fleming Teams With HealthSaver: Allergies and Asthma Relief
9. Figure Skater Peggy Fleming Teams With HealthSaver: Fit for Summer
10. Professional Skateboarder Ryan Sheckler to Become the Newest Face of Proactiv Solution
11. Figure Skater Peggy Fleming Teams With HealthSaver: The Impact of Diet and Supplements on Health
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... ... In an age where the cost of energy is rising, Susquehanna Health’s ... 2009. The Williamsport Regional Medical Center (WRMC) campus has grown 50 percent since 2010, ... , According to Facilities Management Administrative Director Dieter Reichmann, this is the result of ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Dr. Poneh Ghasri, dentist in West Hollywood , comments ... research, which was conducted at the Dental Institute at King's College London in the ... during pregnancy and future dental health in the child. For years, researchers have long ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... New York, NY (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... Android®. The app helps individuals find others to train with, participate in local fitness ... the App Store and Google Play. , “As high medical costs drive us to ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... 13, 2015 , ... Leading Internet marketing product review website ... Academy" training course . Singal's new program, in which he reveals his strategies ... the Internet are weighing in with reviews. , "Considering the fairly high number ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... Altec Products, ... Title Sponsorship of Synergy 2015. The annual WennSoft KEY2ACT user conference will take ... and will unite customers, partners, WennSoft team members and sponsors to facilitate the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/13/2015)... -- Data Science Automation (DSA), a system integration and automation engineering ... in the United Kingdom (UK) as ... . The decision to open the new office comes ... customers in the medical device industry throughout the UK. ... have had tremendous success over the last several years in ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... 13, 2015  SRI International has been awarded ... over five years by the National Institute of ... National Institutes of Health, for the development of ... effects of radiation exposure. Under this multi-year contract, ... International will provide services, facilities, expertise and capabilities ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... 2015  Nanomedical Diagnostics, a biotech company developing ... diagnostics, announces the completion of a Series A ... Ventures. --> ... monitoring and diagnostic platforms that empower individuals to ... will enable the company to commercially release AGILE ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: