There are many recreational activities to participate inÂ duringÂ the winter season, including skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice skating and more. Unfortunately, treacherous winter weather and the nature of some of these activities results in the risk of injuries among adults and young children alike.
In 2013, more than 47,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to sledding, ice skating and snowboarding. What’s perhaps more surprising is that the majority of these winter sports injuries could have been prevented.
Safety Tips for Preventing Winter Sports Injuries
There are a number of simple safety tips you can put into action to help prevent winter sports injuries during this winter season.
Utilize Proper Safety Equipment
When it comes to participating in winter sports, make sure you and your kids are equipped with the proper safety gear. This may include shin guards, mouth guards, wrist guards and more. Helmets are incredibly important when skiing, snowboarding or playing ice hockey. They can be instrumental when it comes to preventing serious head injuries and traumatic brain injuries.
Hydration is something most people consider during the summertime when the weather is hot. However, it’s important to realize that staying hydrated is just as important during the winter. Winter sports and recreational activities can be strenuous and you and your kids can become dehydrated if you are active for long periods of time. Make sure to hydrate before you head out the door to play in the snow and throughout the period that you are active. Keep in mind that compared to adults, children are at increased risk of dehydration.
Wear Warm Clothing
It can be hard to dress appropriately for winter sports and activities. The temperatures are cold, but being active can make you warm and sweaty. As a result, it’s important to dress in layers when you’re heading out to participate in recreational activities during the winter. You’ll want to be sure you and your kids are warm enough when you head out, but are able to remove layers in order to regulate your body temperature. Sweating helps to cool you down, but staying out for too long in damp clothing can lead to hypothermia so wearing layers is imperative!
Sun protection is another thing that most people consider during the summer, but it’s also incredibly important when spending time outdoors during the winter. Even in cold temperatures, it’s possible to be overexposed to sunlight. In fact, sunburns are quite common when it comes to skiing and snowboarding. On sunny days, the sun reflects off of the snow and ice, making it even easier to get sunburned. Make sure to apply sunscreen to the exposed parts of your body every few hours when you are participating in winter sports and outdoor activities.
Injured While Participating in Winter Sports? Contact the Personal Injury Attorneys at Maynard Injury Law.
It can be hard to know whether or notÂ to contact a personal injury lawyer if you’ve sustained a sports injury. However, if you’ve sustained a winter sports injury and you feel someone else may be at fault, you may have a personal injury case on your hands. In this case, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately to ensure that your rights are protected.
The award winning team of personal injury attorneysÂ atÂ Maynard, Oâ€™Connor, Smith & Catalinotto isÂ experienced in handling personal injury cases of all kindsÂ – including those that result from participation in winter sports and outdoor activities. Our lawyers have the knowledge and experience necessary to get you the compensation you deserve, having successfully represented hundreds of clients inÂ Albany, Johnstown, Saugerties, Amsterdam, Catskill, Gloversville, Hudson and throughout the Capital District.
If you are suffering from winter sports injuries you’ve sustained as the result of another individual’s negligence and you areÂ interested in seeking compensation, contact us today for a free consultation. Give us a call atÂ (800) 721-3553 or fill out our online form to request your free case review.
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Editor’s Note: This content was originally published in 2015 but has been updated as of January 2018.