Your Winter Sports Medicine Checklist
Getting ready to return to the field this winter is a goal for many athletes and sports enthusiasts. There’s no doubt that physical activity has tremendous physical and mental benefits. If you plan to start a new sport or increase your exercise routine, you must be sure your body is in good shape. For that reason, Oasis Hospital has created this Winter Sports Medicine Checklist to give you peace of mind before undertaking any strenuous activity! Take a few moments to read through these key points and ensure you get the most out of your winter outings without risking yourself.
What should I do to prepare for winter sports?
The most popular winter sports in the United States are skiing and snowboarding. There are approximately 14.94 million skiers and 7.56 million snowboarders in the United States. Winter sports can be a great way to stay active during the coldest months of the year, but with any physical activity comes the risk potential. That is why it’s crucial to be prepared for any possible injury:
1. Get a physical exam
Before participating in any winter sport, it is vital to undergo a physical examination because some medical conditions can increase your risk of injury or make it more challenging to recover from. Your doctor can give you several specific recommendations for keeping safe when participating in winter sports.
2. Choose the right gear
You can dramatically reduce your risk of serious injury by wearing basic protective gear. Ensure you have the proper clothing, gloves, hats, and goggles before participating in your winter sport. Skis, snowboards, and sleds are essential pieces of equipment to have.
3. Warm up properly
Warming up before participating in any winter sport is crucial as it can help prevent injuries. Cold weather makes injured muscles, tendons, and ligaments more prone to injury, so you must warm up before participating in your favorite winter sport. Remember to account for cold temperatures and spend extra time warming up. The best warm-up consists of light cardio and dynamic stretching.
4. Cool down and stretch after participating.
Just as it’s important to warm up before participating in winter sports, it’s also important to cool down and stretch afterward. As a result, your muscles will recover faster, and you will be less likely to be injured. During a cool-down, you can do light cardio and static stretching, which involves holding a position for an extended period.
Without proper preparation, snow sports can be dangerous
Preparing for winter sports is essential for keeping you and your family safe. Taking preventative action and following safety measures can considerably reduce the risk of injuries. Following a pre-activity plan can help keep our bodies in top shape and ready to take on all types of winter activities.
If you are new to certain extreme sports, it may be best to seek advice from recommended trainers who can provide guidance and teach you the ropes on staying safe while participating in these events.
Moreover, if problems arise or doubts continue, please schedule a consultation with one of our physicians, who can answer any questions or concerns you might have.