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Tips to Prevent Snow Sports Injuries


Skiing and snowboarding can be lots of fun, but there are those who will end up as one of the thousands who are injured on the slopes each year. Hospital for Special Surgery’s Rehabilitation Department has come up with tips to ensure that you have a great ski and snowboard season.

Safety Equipment
Helmets, wrist guards and other safety equipment will help prevent or decrease severity of injury from the most beginner rider to the expert skier and snowboarder.

Strengthen your upper body
Especially for snowboarders this will assist in pushing you up from the ground.

Know your terrain
Make sure you are riding on a trail that fits your skill level. NEVER RIDE ALONE!

End your day before you are fatigued
Know your limits, most injuries take place during the last ride of the day when riders have become tired.

Your body needs the appropriate fuel to run optimally. Healthy meals before riding and nutritious snacks on the mountain can help keep you strong. Hydration is vital. Keeping a bottle of water in your pocket or a camelback on your body will keep you from dehydrating and you will continue to feel energized throughout the day.

For all snow injury prevention tips, including pre-season, click here.

The information provided in this blog by HSS and our affiliated physicians is for general informational and educational purposes, and should not be considered medical advice for any individual problem you may have. This information is not a substitute for the professional judgment of a qualified health care provider who is familiar with the unique facts about your condition and medical history. You should always consult your health care provider prior to starting any new treatment, or terminating or changing any ongoing treatment. Every post on this blog is the opinion of the author and may not reflect the official position of HSS. Please contact us if we can be helpful in answering any questions or to arrange for a visit or consult.