Winter sports season is here! Like all sports, safety precautions must be followed in order to stay injury free, so follow these guidelines in order to have a successful winter sports season.
The first step you should remember is to dress appropriately. Wearing multiple layers will allow you to adjust to different conditions easily without risking exposure to the elements or suffering from overheating. Wearing an undershirt or tank top, shirt, sweater, and winter jacket will allow you enough wiggle room to get comfortable when indoors again, and wearing gloves, a hat, and a scarf will protect those vulnerable regions.
Be sure to warm up before embarking on your activity. Dynamic stretching of the body area you will be utilizing the most is the best method to avoid muscle sprains or strains. For instance, if you are snowboarding, focusing on your abdominal region and legs will get your muscles ready for action. Once you’ve completed your activity, a static cool down will help your muscles recover.
Do not do activities alone, especially when up in the mountains. A buddy or multiple buddies knowing exactly where you are is helpful as they can quickly come to your aid if you are injured. Being alone puts you in a vulnerable position if you suffer an injury that prevents you from contacting emergency personnel.
Make sure to check your equipment prior to engaging in your sport. Anything not in working order should be replaced immediately! If you are having issues with your form or have had minimal training, make sure that you work with an instructor prior to getting back out there.
It’s important that you listen to your body and take breaks as needed. Overexerting yourself in adverse winter conditions is extremely unsafe. Also, as with any physical activity, hydrate regularly! It may not be hot out, but that doesn’t mean you won’t become dehydrated just as fast when physically active.
Follow these tips and stay safe during the winter sports season. As with any other sport, safety measures must be taken so you can continue to enjoy the activities you love.
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