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.
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