Physical therapy centers in Brooklyn, NYC often deal with getting people back to normal living after suffering from winter-related injuries. While snow and ice could be fun, they could cause injury and pain too.
The white slopes of ski resorts beckon for some fun skiing and snowboarding. Sliding on ice evokes a sense of blissful movement. If you find a frozen lake or an ice rink, there’s nothing more exhilarating than a game of hockey. Rushing through the slopes gives you the adrenaline that few other activities can offer. Dragging yourself through snow on a sleigh or sled gives a rush like no other and has resulted in the creation of the winter Olympic sports of bobsleigh, luge and skeleton. And while you’re doing that, the blue sky and white surroundings give the environment a surreal feel, and the winter just feels like having trapped you and the world around you in a time capsule.
How Treacherous Can the Slopes Get?
But while there is a great deal of fun to be had, there are also the risks of injury, some of which could be pretty serious. A few precautionary steps could go a long way in ensuring the fun never stays out of your winter.
Winter does bring with it some common injuries. Globelink research says that 2013 saw approximately 3.8 million people suffering sports injuries in just the United States. There were many others who were injured in Iceland and Canada. Among these, sledding caused the most common instance of injury. Around 700,000 cases were reported per year. Injuries were also reported from ice skating, skiing, snowboarding and hockey. But many of these kinds of winter injuries can be prevented.
If You Love to Be on the Slopes, Remember This
Let’s look at some of the common injuries that could strike during snowboarding, skiing and sledding:
- Snowboarding and skiing are two of the most popular winter activities. Falls with impact to the head could result in concussions. Rotator cuff injuries could occur if your arms come in the way of your fall. Your shoulders could also get dislocated. Knee injuries are also likely, particularly injuring the anterior cruciate ligament.
- Sledding often involves moving at considerable speed on slopes interspersed with rocks or trees. Collisions with these could result in injuries to the limbs as well as the head, causing concussion.
Precautions You Can Take
- First of all, ensure that you do these high speed activities on safe slopes where you don’t have obstructions such as rocks, buildings, parking lots or trees nearby. Ensure that rocks or dangerous surfaces are marked so you can at least know where the danger lies.
- Secondly, always wear protective clothing and protective headgear, which, in the case of these activities, is a helmet.
It is safe to sled by sitting in a position facing forward rather than lying on your stomach and rushing face-first. Sled only in the designated areas since these would be farther from dangerous obstacles and would also be designed with plenty of space at the base of the hill, where your sled lands. These safety precautions must particularly be followed when kids under 12 years of age are involved. They should only sled or ski under adult supervision and should wear all protective gear.
The ideal clothing for these sports is multiple layers of breathable fabric that can help insulate the body while also being easily removable. While skiing and snowboarding, make sure that you wear a helmet and goggles to protect your head and also your eyes from snow particles. Always make sure your bindings are fitted properly before you start your run.
Dangers of Ice Hockey
An intense game of ice hockey can give your body the heat it needs in the frigid winter. But the more intense the game is, the greater is the likelihood of colliding with other players or falling on the ice, resulting in ligament tears, pulled muscles, dislocated bones, concussion, broken teeth and bruising. That’s why it is essential to wear protective gear and ensure rules of fair play are observed.
Advanced multispecialty healthcare centers offer customized pain management services to people injured by winter sports. So don’t let these risks dampen your enthusiasm. Just be careful and take all the precautions you can. Get out there and have fun!