Tips from ReidGoodwin on Safely Enjoying Winter Activities
Winter isn’t over, and many people are still participating in seasonal sports such as, skiing, snowboarding, hockey, and ice skating. There is a risk for head injuries associated with these sports. With January being National Winter Sports TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) Awareness Month, it’s important to be aware and practice safety precautions while enjoying these activities. To help keep you safe when you’re out having fun this Winter, ReidGoodwin has compiled a list of safety tips.
- Dress appropriately and wear layers. It is important to wear clothing that will keep you warm and dry. It is also important to check the weather before you get dressed.
- Be physically prepared for the activity. Winter sports use a lot of energy and can be physically grueling. Make sure that your body is ready. It is helpful to warm up before participating in any sport, as this can prevent pulled muscles and other injuries. It is also important to make sure that your body is hydrated.
- Wear sunscreen. Despite it being cold outside, it is still important to protect your skin when participating in outdoor sports.
- Check the condition of your gear. You want to make sure that everything is in working order. This could prevent injuries caused by faulty equipment.
- Always wear a helmet. Protective head gear can prevent serious head and brain injuries.
- If you’ve never practiced a sport, take lessons. Most ice rinks and ski slopes offer lessons for beginners. It’s also important to stay within your experience level. Doing anything more than what you have safely learned can be dangerous.
Keep these tips in mind when planning to go ice skating, skiing, or snowboarding. We hope they help you safely participate in the sports and activities that Winter has to offer. Enjoy the slopes and the rink!
Check out our other winter tips here!