Winter isn’t all snow storms and scraping ice; it can be a lot of fun! Many of us enjoy our winter sports, such as hockey, skating, skiing, snowboarding, sledding and tobogganing. Getting outside and staying active in the winter months makes winter a lot easier to take.
It is important to take precautions to prevent injuries while enjoying your outdoor time. Sprains, strains, muscle and ligament tears, knee injuries and shoulder dislocations can take all the fun out of winter sports. It may mean spending these months recovering and in pain, instead of out having fun.
Dressing appropriately for the particular sport is essential for winter safety. Warm, water-resistant, and wind-resistant clothing will make your time outdoors more enjoyable. It will also reduce the possibility of injury, as you are more likely to make a mistake when you are chilled and uncomfortable. Safety gear suitable for your sport is also important. Knee pads, wrist and elbow guards, are examples of equipment that will help reduce injury. Even more important is appropriate head protection, in the form of helmets. A head injury can turn a fun afternoon on the slopes or on the ice into a tragedy.
Take the time to prepare yourself physically for outdoor winter fun. Physical conditioning will reduce your chances of injury. This is particularly true of the beginning of the season when many injuries occur. Aerobic exercise, strength training, and balance are aspects of fitness you should be focusing on. There are sport-specific exercises that zero in on preparing you for the sport of your choice. Avoid the weekend warrior syndrome, where you remain sedentary most of the time, then overdo it on the weekend. Always take the time for a proper warm up before doing any activity.
Aim Rehabilitation Centre has the experience and knowledge to help you with training and education that will keep you safe this winter. They can assist with sport-specific training and have unique equipment to help you train for your activity. They can also provide you with a wide range of physical rehabilitation services if you should sustain an injury.