Snow sport injuries are mostly caused by falls and collisions while being on the slopes or dangerous terrain. Factors that may contribute to accidents includes off-trail skiing, skiing above ability level, equipment-related, and failure to making adjustment to altitude.
Some of the most common skiing & snowboarding injuries include:
- Shoulder injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Knee injuries
- Head & neck injuries
- Hand injuries
- Ligament injuries
Snow sport injuries may be prevented by:
- Warming-up and stretching before going up the slope.
- Inspecting for any faulty equipment and making proper adjustments to equipment.
- Using protective equipment such as helmets, wrist guards, elbow and kneepads, etc.
- Practicing safe skiing & snowboarding techniques, and following the rules of the slope.
- Soon after having a snow sport injury, place an ice pack, wrapped with a towel over the injured area for 10 minutes for every 20 minutes to reduce the swelling and pain.
- See a chiropractor for examination and treatment ASAP.