In Maine, we take full advantage of every season and winter is no different. It’s that time of year where we’re heading up to the mountain for the weekend to get outside, even in the cold weather. You may be mentally ready to hit the slopes, but being sure your body is physically prepared is important to prevent injury.
When it comes to skiing and snowboarding, children and adolescents are the highest risk groups for injury. This may be related to the risk-taking behavior that’s common in these age groups, and as we get older we are less likely to want to take that risk. The most common injury in snowboarding is a wrist fracture and knee injuries are the most common in skiing. Head injuries also occur often as the result of a collision or fall in winter sports. Below are some tips on how to prevent injury while enjoying the slopes.
- Wear the proper equipment, especially a helmet specifically designed for skiing or snowboarding.
- Take frequent breaks to hydrate and refuel.
- Never participate in a winter sport alone. Set a meeting place in case you are separated from your group.
- Cold ligaments, muscles, and tendons are vulnerable to injury. Make sure to warm up thoroughly before your first run.
- Dress in weather appropriate clothing to help keep your body warm and dry.
Don’t let the fear of getting injured keep you off the mountain. If you do happen to get injured when enjoying skiing or snowboarding, we’re here for you. Our OrthoAccess Orthopaedic Walk-In Clinic in Portland is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. You can also request an appointment with one of our orthopaedic specialists to discuss how we can keep you on the slopes safely!