Skiing and Snowboarding Safety Tips

Posted on February 1st, 2017 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

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Skiing and snowboarding are great ways to stay active and experience the great outdoors during the winter months. However, just like all sports, they can be dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions. Here are a few tips from the doctors at OSG to help keep you safe this season.


Before you hit the slopes…

  • Make sure you are in good enough physical condition to participate. Consult with your doctor if you are unsure.
  • Dress in layers so you can quickly shed clothing if you become too warm.
  • Ensure you have all necessary protective gear and your equipment fits correctly. Don’t forget your:

– Helmet: The single most important piece of equipment when it comes to preventing life-threatening injuries.

– Goggles: Eye protection is critical

– Mittens: Warmer than gloves

– Additional Gear: Anything other safety equipment you may need (i.e. an ankle brace if you are susceptible to ankle injuries)


Tips to keep in mind on the slopes…

  • Use the buddy system. If you suffer from a bad fall, you will want a friend by your side to look out for you and summon ski patrol if needed.
  • Know your limits. If you are a beginner, stick to the beginner slopes until you feel comfortable moving to intermediate trails.
  • Stay within the boundaries. Trails are clearly marked, and off-limits areas are off limits for a reason. Pay attention for signs such as “slow skiing area” or “cliff”.
  • Practice good etiquette. Those in front of you have the right of way. They can’t see you, so it is up to you to avoid them.
  • Never stop in the middle of a trail, especially after a drop area where you cannot be seen from above.
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you don’t need to replenish!

If you sustain an injury while skiing or snowboarding this winter, help is available from the team of doctors at Orthopaedic Specialty Group. As southern Connecticut’s largest and most experienced orthopedic practice, and trusted team physicians for the U.S. Ski Team, you can count on us to get you on the road to recovery. Request an appointment online, or call (203) 337-2600.