Skiing and snowboarding are understandably popular pastimes at this time of year, but they come with significant risk of injury.
Brits don’t get many opportunities to take part in winter sports, so it’s crucial to make the most of opportunities that come our way. Plus, they are expensive weeks away – it would be devastating to have the trip ruined by injury.
Here are Newcastle Sports Injury Clinic’s top tips for avoiding injury, and getting the most out of, your snowboarding or skiing trip this winter.
- Keep in shape and condition muscles before participating in winter activities – you can read our guide on some great pre-ski exercises here, as well as our guide on prepping for an injury-free trip here.
- Never participate alone in a winter sport.
- Warm up thoroughly before playing or participating. Cold muscles, tendons, and ligaments are vulnerable to injury.
- Wear appropriate protective gear, including goggles, helmets, gloves and padding.
- Check that equipment is working properly prior to use.
- Wear several layers of light, loose and water- and wind-resistant clothing for warmth and protection. Layering allows you to accommodate your body’s constantly changing temperature. Wear proper footwear that provides warmth and dryness, as well as ample ankle support.
- Know and abide by all rules of the sport in which you are participating.
- Take a lesson (or several) from a qualified instructor, especially in sports like skiing and snowboarding. Learning how to fall correctly and safely can reduce the risk of injury.
- Pay attention to warnings about upcoming storms and severe drops in temperature.
- Seek shelter and medical attention immediately if you, or anyone with you, is experiencing hypothermia or frostbite. Make sure everyone is aware of proper procedures for getting help, if injuries occur.
- Drink plenty of water before, during, and after activities.
- Avoid participating in sports when you are in pain or exhausted.
Remember, if you are concerned about an injury or niggle that you think is putting your winter sports trip at risk, we can help you manage your injury and help to ensure that you get the most out of your trip. Contact us asap if you need assistance with an injury on any part of your body.
We have a long history of helping skiers to overcome injuries. This case study outlines the assistance we gave to an instructor who was struggling because of an undiagnosed knee injury.