We have talked a lot on here about the traditional winter sports, basketball, wrestling, skiing and hockey. But what about all the other winter sports there are? We do work with a number of athletes that are snowboarders, ice skaters and those who just like to go sledding.
Here are some tips to keep safe this winter in outdoor winter sports.
Stay Warm: Wear layers and make sure to protect your fingers, head and face. Goggles are also great to protect your eyes. Wear moisture absorbing fabric close to your skin and outer layers that can be easily removed if you get too warm.
Watch the sun: Wear an SPF 15 sunscreen or greater in the winter. Yes, we are farther away from the sun but the bright white snow reflects the sun back to your face all day. Don’t forget to protect your lips as well from the sun.
Sledding: Sledding is a great and cheap way to pass the time in the winter. It can also be a great workout. Make sure to use a sturdy sled with handles and one that can be easily steered and stopped. Make sure to sit up in the sled and wear boots to protect your feet. Another thing to always do before you start sledding is to checkout the hill for big bumps, trees, rocks and other sledders. It is also a good idea to wear a helmet to protect your head.
Skating: Always wear proper sized skates and skate on approved ice. If your skating on a lake, pond or river make sure it is completely frozen over and there is no standing water. Watch out for others around you and don’t chew gum or candy while skating. You never know when you might fall and choke on it. Also if your going to play hockey wear protective equipment and check out our previous post on hockey safety.
Skiing and Snowboarding: Again it is important to wear appropriate equipment that fits well. Here is another post we shared around skiing. Make sure to always wear a helmet and goggles. Knee and elbow pads are not a bad idea as well if you are learning. Taking a few lessons is not a bad idea either to make sure you have proper technique and know how to fall.
Enjoy the snow this winter season!