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Some Clear Dangers that Snow Sports Exhibit

Snow sports can be a lot of fun, but you need to exert some caution because there is a risk of injury at almost every junction. This is certainly the case for skiers and snowboards who can have an exhilarating time but injuries are common and serious injuries are not unheard of either. With some sound and poignant knowledge, you can have a fantastic winter vacation or trip without it turning into a disaster.

Skiing is fun but there is dangers.

Skiing is fun but there are dangers.

Common Reasons People are Injured

There are many different reasons why snow sports enthusiasts suffer from injuries on the slopes. These are:

  • Using rented equipment

Any rented equipment such as bindings, boots, and skis which aren’t appropriately adjusted to fit the skier or snowboarder in question may result in a serious injury.

  • Bindings that aren’t adjusted properly

Most skiing injuries, especially where children are concerned, occur when bindings haven’t been properly adjusted. This is one of the most common factors related to injuries.

  • Not understanding one’s own physical limitations

Pushing yourself beyond the capabilities and skill level of your body can lead to injuries and accidents. Identify your own physical limitations and don’t push your body beyond that, at least not when you have just begun to partake in snow sporting activities.

Having fun in a group while in the snow is possible but there is still dangers lurking.

Having fun in a group while in the snow is possible but there are still dangers lurking.

  • Lack of proper training

It is important to receive some formal training where snow sports are concerned. The lack of professional lessons seems to play an important role in the possibility of injury on the slopes. Novice skiers and snowboarders should invest in some sort of formal training so that may acquire a certain skill level and stay safe. Some people also claim that with increased skill level, also comes overconfidence and the subsequent attempt to make difficult runs or perform stunts on the slopes, which eventually and does increase the risk of injury.

Most common snow sport injuries

Among the most common snow sporting injuries are:

  • Head & spinal injuries

These injuries occur mainly due to a collision with lift towers, trees or other skiers, and falls or because of chairlift accidents. One of the most predominant factors in spinal and head injures is speed. People who suffer a head or spinal injury should seek medical attention immediately and be monitored closely for 48 hours.

  • Knee ligament injuries

Tears and injuries to the knee ligament are fairly common among skiers and snowboarders. Snow sports enthusiasts should consult with a physiotherapist or an orthopedic specialist after a knee injury.

Ankle injuries are common in snow sports.

Ankle injuries are common in snow sports.

  • Skier’s thumb

Skier’s thumb is a common upper limb injury among those slope regulars and accounts for 10 percent of all skiing accidents and injuries. It is caused during a fall, when the ski pole gets stuck in the snow, and acts like a lever against the inside of the base of the thumb, therefore overextending it, and spraining the ligaments or causing a complete rupture.

  • Snowboarder’s ankle

Snowboarders ankle is a fracture of the outer area of the Talus bone of the ankle. This usually results from a high energy ankle sprain. These injuries don’t always show up on X-rays, making them rather difficult to detect. A CT scan might be needed to confirm snowboarder’s ankle if a patient suffers from persistent ankle pain.

  • Wrist fractures

Fractures of the wrist usually happen when snowboarders experience falls and they extend their hand out in front of them to break the fall, a natural response. This is common among beginners.

Impressing your friends is awesome but you must know your limits.

Impressing your friends is awesome but you must know your limits.

How to prevent accidents on the slopes

There are a few ways to ensure that you stay safe while your winter shenanigans on the slopes:

  • Ensure that you are in shape to snowboard or ski. It is important to prepare for any winter sport with a conditioning program, designed to improve strength and core stability.
  • Winter sports are just like any other sporting activity. That is why it is important to warm up and cool down before and after. Do a couple of stretches to ensure that your body is ready for the activity.
  • If you are skiing, avoid putting your hands inside the ski pole loop as it increases your risk of suffering from a ‘skiers thumb’ injury if you fall.
  • If you are planning on snowboarding, don’t forget your wrist guards, which reduce your chances of wrist injury during a fall significantly.
  • When it comes to equipment, avoid borrowing from your friends. If you are planning to rent equipment, make sure to do so from a decent store and see that your equipment fits you well. Most likely the slope business itself will be the one renting you supplies and the proper accessories.
  • Be sure to wear the right kind of clothing that does not restrict your movement.
  • Try and use ‘multi-mode’ bindings and be sure to test them everyday.
  • Wearing a helmet can protect you from a minor concussion caused during a collision or a fall.
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About Benjamin Roussey

Benjamin Roussey is from Sacramento, CA. He has two master’s degrees and served four years in the US Navy. His bachelor’s degree is from CSUS (1999) where he was on a baseball pitching scholarship. His second master’s degree is an MBA in Global Management from the Univ. of Phoenix (2006) where he attributes his writing prowess. He has worked everywhere from small businesses to large corporations, and also for public agencies. He has lived in Korea and Saudi Arabia where he was an ESL instructor. He misses Saudi food and living in Korea. Benjamin has a tremendous work ethic and is quite focused. Now he writes professionally for several clients that covers one sector of our economy to another. He now lives in the Phoenix area after living in Cabo San Lucas, MX for 3 years. He enjoys sports, movies, reading, and current events when he is not working online.

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