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10 Tips To Prevent Winter Injuries

From sprains and strains to dislocations and fractures, winter can be a bit tough on our bodies, especially our bones and joints. However, at POA we know many of these injuries can be prevented when you properly prepare for sports and activities by warming up, staying alert, and not being afraid to call it quits when you feel tired or are experiencing pain.

Our 10 Tips

  1. Warm-up your muscles before participating in winter sports and activities. Remember, cold muscles, tendons, and ligaments are vulnerable to injury.
  2. Wear protective gear, including goggles, helmets, gloves and padding.
  3. Make sure your equipment is working properly prior to going outside and using it.
  4. Dress in layers of light, loose and water- and wind-resistant clothing for warmth and protection. Remember, layering allows you to accommodate your body’s constantly changing temperature.
  5. Wear proper footwear that provides warmth and dryness, as well as ample ankle support.
  6. Don’t be reckless and take chances.
  7. Pay attention to the temperature and wind chill.
  8. Seek shelter and medical attention immediately if you or anyone with you is experiencing hypothermia or frostbite.
  9. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after activities. You can easily become dehydrated in the winter, too – not just the summer.
  10. Know your limits. Always quit when you are in pain or feel you are starting to become exhausted.

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