When it comes to skiing and snowboarding injuries, prevention is often much more pleasant than the cure. Before you or your loved ones hit the slopes this season, take time to familiarize yourself with things you can do to reduce your odds of injury while snowboarding or skiing. The National Ski Patrol offers the following tips for skiers and snowboarders of all ages:
"Get in shape. Don’t try to ski yourself into shape. You’ll enjoy skiing more if you’re physically fit.
Obtain proper equipment. Be sure to have your ski or snowboard bindings adjusted correctly at a local ski shop. You can rent good ski or snowboarding equipment at resorts.
Take a lesson. Like anything, you’ll improve the most when your receive some guidance. The best way to become a good skier or snowboarder is to take a lesson from a qualified instructor.
Drink plenty of water. Be careful not to become dehydrated.
Curb alcohol consumption. Skiing and snowboarding do not mix well with alcohol or drugs.
Dress in layers. Layering allows you to accommodate your body’s constantly changing temperature. For example, dress in polypropylene underwear (top and bottoms) which feels good next to the skin, dries quickly, absorbs sweat and keeps you warm. Wear a turtleneck, sweater and jacket.
Be prepared. Mother Nature has a mind of her own. Bring a headband or hat with you to the slopes, 60 percent of heat-loss is through the head. Wear gloves or mittens (mittens are usually better for those susceptible to cold hands).
Wear sun protection. The sun reflects off the snow and is stronger than you think, even on cloudy days!
Always wear eye protection. Have sunglasses and goggles with you. Skiing and snowboarding are a lot more fun when you can see.
When buying skiwear, look for fabric that is water and wind-resistant. Look for wind flaps to shield zippers, snug cuffs at wrists and ankles, collars that can be snuggled up to the chin and drawstrings that can be adjusted for comfort and keep wind out. Be sure to buy quality clothing products.
Know your limits. Learn to ski and snowboard smoothly — and in control. Stop before you become fatigued and, most of all have fun!"
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