Even though the temperature has really dropped, winter sports can be a fun way to enjoy the elements, spend time with family, and stay in shape. It is important to take the proper precautions to prevent serious injuries.
In 2007, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported:
- 139,330 injuries from skiing
- 160,000 injuries from sledding
- 133,550 from ice skating
- 53,200 from ice hockey
- 34,500 from snowmobiling
Tips for preventing injuries
1.Warm up and stretch prior to activity
2.Wear appropriate safety gear (helmet, goggles, and warm gear)
3.Get skilled instruction if you are a novice
4.Don’t drink alcohol with winter sport participation
5.Never participate alone
6.Unfortunately, many injuries happen on the last run of the day. When you are tired and sore, just stop and rest!
7. Have equipment checked annually to make sure it is fully functional
8. Avoid hazardous weather conditions
9. Stay alert and have good common sense.
Be safe and have fun from OFAC.