-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
FRIDAY, Dec. 30 (HealthDay News) -- To avoid serious winter
sports injuries, skiers, snowboarders, sledders and skaters should
take simple safety precautions, orthopedic experts say.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that in
2010 more than 440,000 people were treated for injuries sustained
from winter sports. Most injuries occurred among snowboarders and
skiers. These two sports accounted for 292,000 of all winter
sports-related injuries treated in hospitals or doctors' offices.
Another 91,000 people got hurt sledding and 58,500 people were
injured while ice skating.
"When participating in winter sports, it's important for participants to know the weather and terrain, to stay alert for changes, and to take a break when feeling pain or fatigue," orthopedic surgeon Dr. A. Herbert Alexander said in a news release from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). "Before skiing, skating or sledding, make sure you're dressed appropriately, in good physical shape, know and abide by the rules of the sport in which you're participating, and seek medical attention immediately if necessary."
Proper safety equipment, particularly helmets, can go a long way
in preventing injuries. Children should always wear a helmet when
engaging in any winter sport.
Experts from the AAOS offered these additional tips for
preventing winter sports injuries:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more
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