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SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
ROSEMONT, Ill., Dec. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While skiing, snowboarding, sledding and skating are good for the body and mind, as with any physical activity, winter sports require some planning and caution to avoid injury.
According to the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 310,000 people were treated in hospitals, doctors' offices and emergency rooms in 2012 for winter sports-related injuries. Specifically:
"Common winter sport injuries from skiing and snowboarding include sprains, strains, dislocations and fractures," said A. Herbert Alexander, MD, a Ketchum, Idaho orthopaedic surgeon and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) spokesperson. "Often, these injuries occur at the end of the day, as people try to get in one more ski, sled or snowboard run, despite fatigue or discomfort. Fortunately, most winter sport injuries can be prevented if participants stay in good physical condition, gradually increase their level of difficulty, stay alert, and stop when they are tired or feel pain. Don't forget to wear helmets while skiing, snowboarding, or sledding. Remember to stay well-hydrated and remember to use sun screen."
Orthopaedic surgeons, the medical doctors who put bones and limbs back together after trauma, offer the following winter sports safety tips:
Numerous sledding injuries are caused by collisions at the end of sledding paths and/or sledding in improper positions. Click here to read a detailed list of safety tips to help reduce these injuries.
Snowboarding and Skiing
Many snowboarding and skiing injuries can be avoided by utilizing appropriate equipment, ensuring a safe environment and following all rules of these sports. Click here to read a full list of snowboarding and skiing safety tips.
General winter sports safety tips:
Click here to read more safety tips.
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