For those that strive to maintain a year-round active lifestyle, winter is the perfect time to get in some exercise and participate in a variety of unique sports. There are so many exciting opportunities that simply aren’t always available in the warm summer months. From skiing and snowboarding to figure skating and curling, the possibilities are virtually endless. But a word of caution to winter athletes: although you may be surrounded by a thick blanket of snow (or artificial snow), injuries can and do still occur with alarming frequency. Read on for a list of common sports injuries to avoid this winter.
- Traumatic Brain Injury. Among the most common injuries that occur when participating in winter sports is the traumatic brain injury (TBI). Perhaps the best and most well-known example of a TBI is a concussion, although there are many different types.
- Sprains & Fractures. During the winter time, even walking can be treacherous on the frozen ground. High-speed and high-skill events only add to the risk of a turned ankle or a broken bone.
- Skier’s Thumb. Skiers rely on their hands to grip the ski poles and keep their balance. This constant tension can put strain on the soft ligament connecting your thumb and your palm. In extreme cases, a slip can even tear or puncture the tissue.
- Knee Injury When one falls to the ground, they’re most likely to try and catch themselves and lend not heir knee. Your kneecap is very fragile and sensitive to sudden impact. A bad fall could shatter or dislocate the knee, if not properly protected.
- Dislocated Bones. Some winter sports involve the potential for falls or collisions (snowboarding, hockey, etc.) A high-velocity impact can jolt the skeleton, causing bones to move and shift out of their proper place.
- Spinal Injury. Much like a dislocated shoulder or knee, the spine is vulnerable to violent impact or strain. The vertebrae that make up your spine can buckle and shift out of alignment, leading to pain and long-term health problems.
There are several things you can do to prevent serious injury: take breaks, stay in shape, never attempt anything alone, and keep an eye on the weather to avoid getting caught in a blizzard. Of course, accidents happen. If you’ve suffered an injury, we welcome you to come in for a consultation here at DiBella Chiropractic. Chiropractic care focuses on holistic health and can correct spinal misalignments resulting from sports injuries. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, stay safe out there!