Hoag Orthopedic Institute says there are ways to prevent injuries while getting your adrenaline fix with snow sports including skiing and snowboarding. According to a blog on the Hoag Orthopedic Institute's website, there were more than 144,000 ski injuries and 148,000 snowboarding injuries in 2010. While skiers are at risk for several injuries including to the knees and fractures, snowboarders can suffer dislocation to their wrists, collarbone, shoulders, and injuries to the head and neck.
Dr. David Kruse, a sports medicine specialist at Hoag Orthopedic Institute, offers the following safety tips for skiers and snowboarders:
- Stay close to your group when skiing or snowboarding with others
- Helmets should be worn at all times
- Snowboarders should wear wrist and helmet guards
- Stay hydrated throughout the day
- Warm up before you go out to prepare your muscles for physical activity
- Check the weather for storm and temperature warnings before you hit the slopes
- Don't try anything you're not physically ready to do
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