Take steps to stay safe on the slopes, ice, or anywhere else your cold weather adventures take you.
Strap on a helmet. Choose a helmet designed for your specificactivity—check that it fits snugly and does not shift. Wear it when skiing, sledding, snowboarding, or riding a snowmobile.
Prepare your body. Get in shape and condition muscles before the winter season starts. Warm up and stretch before each activity. Begin with a slow and easy session.
Go to class. Take a lesson or two, especially for skiing or snowboarding. Instructors can teach you proper form and how to fall safely.
Get the right gear. Ensure boards, skates, bindings that connect boots to skis, and other equipment is in working order. Get bindings checked by a certified technician. Do not forget goggles, gloves, padding, wrist guards, and other protective pieces.
Quit while you are ahead. Many injuries occur at the end of the day, when athletes get tired yet attempt one last run or lap. If you are fatigued or in pain, take a break or stop.
Emerson's Sports Medicine and Performance Program and Dr. Cantu have treated athletes young and old at skill levels ranging from students to professionals. Visit Emerson's Clough Sports Medicine and Performance page and Dr. Cantu's physician profile page to learn more and to request an appointment.