Injury Prevention for Skiers & Snowboarders
- Don't use the straps on ski poles, they make it more difficult to release the pole during falls, increasing the risk of thumb sprains and fractures.
- Check you bindings regularly to ensure proper settings. Improper settings have been associated with an increase in lower extremity fractures.
- It is recommended that children wear helmets. Adults should also consider wearing helmets depending on their skill level and skiing style.
- Wear wrist guards, snowboarders have a high incidence of wrist injuries.
- Wear a helmet.
- Snowboarders wearing soft boots have more ankle injuries, snowboarders wearing hard boots have more knee injuries.
General Recommendations for skiers & snowboarders
- Wear a high SPF sunscreen, at least SPF 15.
- Wear eye protection, either sunglasses or goggles.
- Dress appropriately for the weather.
- Know your skill level and ski/snowboard accordingly.
- Be aware of signs of altitude sickness: Headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, and nausea.