Cold weather sports like skiing, sledding, snowboarding and ice hockey epitomize winter, especially for kids. However, winter sports can be very dangerous. Skiing, snowboarding and sledding injuries lead to over 40,000 ER visits each year for kids under the age of 13.
Kids are more susceptible to falls than adults because their heads are relatively larger in proportion to their bodies, and they don't have as much experience as adults when it comes to maneuvering and handling their bodies. Also, since kids have fragile growth plates, the risk of injury is that much greater.
Here are three simple safety tips to keep your kids safe when playing winter sports:
1. Warm up. 10 to 15 minutes of light warm up can help reduce the risk of injury. Preparing the muscles and ligaments for physical activity is always recommended, even for kids. Light jogging in place, even if for a few minutes, can help warm up muscles.
2. Make sure helmets are properly fitted. Many parents tend to use helmets and other safety gear which are handed down from other siblings and friends. This is very dangerous. A helmet must fit the child's head appropriately. This reduces the risk of brain/head injuries. Same thing goes for boots, bindings, pads, etc.
3. Go in the morning. By mid-afternoon, kids tend to be fatigued, and this increases the chances of an accident.
If your child was injured as a result of playing winter sports, contact a sports accident and injury lawyer to discuss your legal rights. Dan O'Brien is a lifelong athlete and youth/child sports coach. He has a keen understanding of sports accidents and offers free consultations. 877.944.8396
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