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Tips to Avoid Injury During Winter Sports

Posted by IowaCityASC on Nov 1, 2016 10:09:11 AM

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 220,000 patients were treated for injuries from winter sports during 2017 at doctor’s offices, hospitals, and emergency rooms. The majority of the injuries came from these popular sports:

  • Snow skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Ice skating
  • Sledding and snow tubing

Common Wintersports Injuries

During the winter, your muscles, ligaments, and tendons are more prone to injury because they tighten up in response to the cold. While this may be a main cause of some injuries, it is also important to make sure that you are in overall good physical condition before participating in athletic activities. The most common injuries that occur from wintersports include:

  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Sprains
  • Strains

What You Can Do to Avoid Injuries

Many sports injuries during the winter could be easily prevented through proper preparation and exercising some common sense before heading out. It is also important to make sure that you use the right protective gear for your sport and that your equipment is in good condition.


You can avoid some injuries by:

  • Warming up before participating in a winter sport
  • Not participating in your sport alone
  • Wearing several layers of loose and lightweight clothing that allow sweat to evaporate and a wind-resistant top layer
  • Not participating in sports if you are ill, tired or in pain
  • Keeping informed of storm warnings or extreme cold spells
  • Knowing the rules of the sports you play
  • Wearing safety equipment, such as goggles, gloves, pads or headgear
  • Remaining hydrated by drinking water or sports drinks before, while and after you participate in sport

Accidents Still Could Happen

Sometimes despite your best efforts to avoid injury, you may still get hurt. If you suffer an injury, seek shelter and medical assistance as soon as possible. For injuries that require surgery, the Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center is always ready to assist in your recovery.  For additional information on our Orthopedic specialty and other sports injuries, CLICK HERE.

Topics: ACL injury, Sports Medicine

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