What You Need to Know About Winter Sports and Safety

When the weather turns cold and snowy, it can be tempting to give up on the idea of going out and exercising. However, there are still plenty of ways to stay active during the winter months. Skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating, and other winter sports are all great ways to keep moving during the colder days of the year.

Still, just like other athletic activities, winter sports can be risky. For example, during each season, skiers and snowboarders experience an average of 49 catastrophic injuries (including paralysis, broken neck/back, and/or life-threatening severe head injuries), according to the National Ski Areas Association. Participating in outdoor sports in the winter carries the risk of getting hurt in a number of ways, ranging from concussions to broken bones to frostbite.

Luckily, however, you can take steps to protect yourself and others from potential injuries and health hazards. Here are a few recommendations to help you stay safe if you take part in winter sports.

1. Keep track of the weather and stay warm. 

Before you hit the slopes, it’s important to check the forecast, according to Stanford Medicine. You don’t want to get caught in the middle of a snowstorm. It’s also crucial to know the signs of cold injury/”frostnip” (which presents as white, numb skin) so that you can avoid getting frostbite. Dress in layers to keep warm.

2. Remember to take water breaks.

Whether you’re exercising during the heat of summer or on the coldest days of winter, you need to stay adequately hydrated. One key way to prevent winter sports injuries is remembering to drink water before, during, and after any athletic activities, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

3. Wear protective gear. 

In addition to dressing in layers to keep you warm and dry, you should also wear appropriate gear for whichever sport you’re participating in. This includes a helmet for activities like skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snow tubing, ice skating, and snowmobiling, according to Children’s Hospital Colorado. You might also need protective goggles.

4. Bring a friend. 

A winter sport shouldn’t be a solitary activity, the AAOS warns. If you want to stay as safe as possible, make sure someone else is there to watch out for you and to help if something goes wrong.

5. Check your equipment. 

Before you head out, make sure that all of your equipment is working properly and in good condition, the AAOS advises. You might also want to choose winter sports accessories and equipment with built-in safety features. For example, winter athletes might use woven lanyards to keep track of personal items like ski/snowboard passes and keys. Breakaway lanyard attachments are available to prevent potentially hazardous snags and tangles.

Overall, following these recommendations will help you stay safe when you participate in athletic activities this winter. If you’d like to order custom woven lanyards for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports, our team can provide high-quality products with safety features. To learn more, contact us by calling (847) 424-1900 or emailing orders@wovenlanyards.com.

Posted on January 3, 2017 .