During the winter months, thousands of people head to winter snow destinations for a winter sports holiday. Whether you love skiing or snowboarding you are surely looking forward to your holiday away but make sure you keep a few things in mind to prevent snowboard injuries and skiing injuries that could occur. That is unless you want your holiday to end early!
Preventing Snowboarding Injuries
If you want to prevent snowboard injuries, there are a few things that you can do. These include:
• Warm up and cool down – this is the same for every sport as it stretches your muscles and warms them up. This lowers the chance of muscle related snowboard injuries occurring.
• Clothing – make sure you wear proper snowboarding protection gear that is layered properly. You need to layer your clothing effectively (a base layer, a mid layer and an outer layer) to conserve heat whilst on the slopes.
• Snowboard Helmet – A snowboard helmet is another vital piece of equipment and it can prevent snowboard injuries relating to concussion for example after impact.
• Wrist Guards – One of the most common snowboard injuries is a broken wrist. Wrist guards can prevent breaks during falls.
• Equipment – Make sure all of your equipment fits you properly. If you forget anything you should be able to hire it from your resort – again check the quality of it before heading to the slopes.
Preventing Skiing Injuries
There is more chance of a ski injury occurring than a snowboard injury due to the higher level of danger that comes with the sport. To prevent ski injuries from occurring, keep the following in mind:
• Warm Up and Cool Down – like with snowboarding you need to warm up and cool down. Take care to particularly focus on your knee joints as this is where most ski injuries occur.
• Clothing – Again like snowboarding, layering your winter sports clothing is essential. You need to wear three layers of clothing to reduce your risk of hypothermia and keep your body temperature constant on the slopes.
• Helmet – Alongside other skiing protection gear you ski helmet is probably the most important piece of equipment to take on the slopes with you. Your ski helmet can protect you from concussion should you have a fall or hit anything on impact.
• Take Skiing Lessons – if you know what you are doing on the slopes, you can prevent ski injuries. Skiing lessons don’t have to cost a lot of money but could save your life.
• Ski During Off Peak Season – This probably won’t be possible if you’ve already booked your flights, but if you ski during the quieter seasons you have less risk of ski injuries. If the peaks are quieter you won’t need to take evasive action quite as much.
• Keep Within Your Comfort Zone – To prevent ski injuries of the bravado type, listen to your conscience. If you’re not ready to tackle a high peak, don’t! You’ll only regret it when you end up with two broken arms and a broken leg.
• Bind Your Skis Properly – how tight your skis need to be will depend on your weight and your ability. Make sure you bind them properly to prevent ski injuries at any point during the day.
• Take up Snowboarding – the risk of injuries is lower.
If you suffer an injury during snowboarding or skiing you are highly recommended to seek medical help as soon as you can. The sooner an injury is seen to by a professional the less likely you are to make it worse. As always keep off the beer until the end of the day, and when possible take a break every third day to allow your muscles to recover. Enjoy!