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In 2013, more than 1.24 million children were seen in emergency departments for injuries related to 14 most common winter recreational activities. Below are statistics and safety tips for the top 5 activities.
Skiing and Snowboarding
As mentioned in an earlier blog this month, snowboarding and skiing are ranked among the highest for TBI related injuries.
Did you know? Approximately 600,000 injuries are reported annually for this recreational activity.
Snow Skiing and Snowboarding Safety Tips
- Never skied or snowboarded before or been awhile since your last adventure? Take lessons by a certified instructor.
- Refrain from skiing or snowboarding alone. Young children should be supervised by a responsible adult. Older children should be accompanied by a friend.
- Wear a helmet. Not all ski facilities require helmets. For the sake of your health, wear one anyway.
- Skiers should wear safety bindings that are adjusted at least every year. Snowboarders should wear gloves with built-in wrist guards. Eye protection or goggles should also be used. To learn about winter sport equipment click here
- Slopes should fit the ability and experience of the skier or snowboarder. When in doubt, enjoy a slope that is one level below your ability. You can always choose a more difficult slope the next round.
Did you know?
Playing sports has physical and psychological benefits. As with everything (including sports) there are risks. Continuing from previous blogs for the month of January regarding TBI awareness, below are some important reminders to remain safe while having fun this winter.
Muscles that haven't been properly warmed up tend to be injured more easily. Warming up can involve light cardiovascular activities such as jumping jacks or a brisk walk.
Did you know? Stretching after a warm-up is more beneficial to your muscles since the tissues are more elastic (flexible). This is due to the increased blood flow to the muscles from an increased heart rate.
Practice, Practice, Practice!
Remember, if you don’t use it you lose it. Regardless if you belong to a professional sports team or not, practicing can enhance your performance and lessen the chance of injury. Shooting a few free throws before a basketball game for instance, can continually train your brain and body to work together and improve your performance.
Avoid Muscle Strain
Although it’s beneficial to practice regularly, don't overdo it. Sudden increases in intensity whether in sports or working out can lead to muscle overuse and injury.
Now that we’ve warmed up and practiced, let’s go over equipment.
What is TBI Sport Awareness?
TBI stands for Traumatic Brain Injury. According to the American Physical Therapy Association, approximately 1.7 million head injuries occur in the United States each year. TBI Winter Sport Awareness month exists because TBI is usually misdiagnosed. Misdiagnosed TBI can lead to severe medical complications or death.
Did you know? Approximately 52,000 people die every year due to TBI.
- A headache that worsens or does not go away within a reasonable amount of time
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Convulsions or seizures
- Inability to awaken from sleep
- Slurred speech
- Weakness or numbness in the arms and legs
- Dilated eye pupils
High ranking sports with TBI injuries:
- Over 3.3 million head injuries were reported in seven sports between 2000 and 2011.
- Skateboarding, snowboarding, and skiing contained the highest number of head and neck injuries.
- Mountain biking, and snowmobiling contained the lowest numbers.
- Approximately 30% of concussions in extreme sports occurred in snowboarding.
- Snow skiing was associated approximately 25% concussions.
Most sports injuries occur due to the following
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Weight loss 1 pound per month:
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