Ski, Snowboard, & Winter Sport Safety Guide
There are a wide variety of sports to enjoy during the winter months. Many of them allow people to get outdoors and to enjoy the winter weather. However there is a chance of risk while participating in any sports, and the winter sports pose a significant risk. Some common winter sports include skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, winter hiking and ice-skating. These sports involve long exposure to the cold, and it is important to dress appropriately.
Winter Sports Safety
It is important to be prepared in order to prevent injuries that you may receive during winter sports. The first thing you need to do is to wear the proper equipment. Many of the sports now recommend that you wear a helmet while participating, and they have specific guidelines about the type of helmet that you use. If you are skiing, skating or snowboarding you need to make sure the equipment is in good condition and that it fits you properly to prevent injury in the future. Another important aspect of winter sports safety is to properly warm up and cool down after each time you participate. If you are a beginning skier or snowboarder you should consider taking lessons before going out on the slopes yourself.
Protecting Against the Weather
Winter sports offer additional dangers because you are fighting the cold and inclement weather when you are participating in them. It is important to dress warmly and to take breaks to warm up when they are needed. Dress in layers so that you can easily shed them if the day warms up, and so you can put them back on as it gets colder. If you are planning on a remote winter hike, be sure to be prepared in the event you are stuck out in the cold for extended periods of time. You can watch for signs of hypothermia and frostbite by checking regularly. These precautions should keep you safe while you enjoy the beautiful winter weather.
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By: Jennifer Frost