Skiing and snowboarding are popular winter sports, but they can be the cause of many common injuries: contusions, sprains, fractures, head injuries and joint injuries. Studies have shown that children have a higher rate of ski-related lower body fractures than adults, most of which are preventable with the proper equipment. Prevention is a key way to decrease the likelihood of your child suffering a sports-related injury this winter. Here are some helpful tips to prevent your child from winter sports injuries:
- Keep them in shape and ensure they are properly warmed-up before they begin the activity. When muscles are cold, they are more likely to get injured.
- Encourage your child to wear the appropriate protective equipment for their sport: eg. goggles, helmets, gloves and protective padding. Helmets have been shown to reduce up to 50% of head injuries in contact and collision sports like hockey, skiing and snowboarding.
- Check their equipment regularly and ensure it fits them properly. Improperly-fitting, malfunctioning or old protective equipment is a major reason for injuries. Encourage your child to drink plenty of water before, during and after their sport.
- If your child is injured, encourage them to avoid participating in the sport and rest appropriately.
- If the sport takes place outdoors, monitor the weather conditions and ensure the conditions are safe.
- Never let your child ski or snowboard alone. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that proper supervision is key to preventing many injuries in children.
If you know a child who has suffered a winter sports-related injury or for more information on preventing these types of injuries in children, feel free to contact us for more information at 514-684-9073