With the arrival of winter also comes excitement for those who participate in winter sports from skiing to snowboarding to ice skating and more. Every sports season comes with injuries, though, so you want to ensure that you are taking the necessary precautions in order to protect yourself from winter sport injuries. Here are some of the ways you can keep yourself healthy and safe all winter long.
Wear Appropriate Gear
Ill-fitting gear can result in winter sport injuries because if it doesn’t fit properly or function as it should, you can end up with avoidable injuries, like slipping and falling because your boot is too big. You want to ensure that you have the right gear for your sport of choice, like goggles, knee pads, helmets, padding – whatever your sport may require in order for you to stay safe.
A hydrated body is a healthy body, so you want to make sure that you’re drinking enough water before, during, and after your exercise.
Warm Up Properly
Many winter sport injuries occur when people don’t warm up beforehand. You need to warm up your muscles so that they can do whatever you ask of them more easily. If you try to exercise with cold, tight muscles, this puts you at higher risk for strains and injury.
Winter sports often involve a lot of strength, endurance, and conditioning. Set yourself up for success by conditioning your body before you hit the slopes with exercises like squats and skaters that will help you have the mobility, agility, and strength you need in order to perform.
Check Your Equipment
Before stepping out onto an ice rink or heading up the mountain, check your equipment to make sure that everything is in good working order. A dull blade on an ice skate or a malfunctioning piece of equipment can result in winter sport injuries. You only ever want to do a sport if you have the right equipment and if said equipment is in good condition, in order to ensure your safety.
Watch For Debris
Trees are a common obstacle for those more advanced skiers and snowboarders, and those, as well as other obstacles, can present problems for sledders too. Do your best to avoid debris and obstacles in order to avoid winter sport injuries and a trip to the emergency room.
Watch How You Fall
Often when you start learning sports with a high chance of you falling, like everything with snow or ice, your instructor will show you how to fall in order to reduce your risk of winter sport injuries. This is typically back on your butt, in order to avoid the force of your body weight coming down on your wrists and hurting them.
Common Winter Sport Injuries
Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, you can still get hurt. Chiropractors can help with many common winter sports injuries, such as:
- Wrist injury
- Knee Injury
- Spinal Injury
- Neck Injury
How Chiropractors Can Help Winter Sport Injuries
While sometimes, you need a doctor in order to treat injuries, there are some cases in which chiropractors can offer alternative care that could lessen your risk of needing surgery. We’re no stranger to the influx of injuries winter brings with it, and are trained in order to be able to help winter sport injuries, especially those related to the spine or the joints. Some of the ways we can do that include adjustments and spinal manipulation.
If you sprain something or hurt your neck or some other area of your body, resulting in soreness, spasms, or inflammation, chiropractic adjustments may be able to help. Through adjusting your joints, we can help reduce inflammation and promote your body’s natural healing process to assist with any soreness and spasms.
Falls can throw your back or neck out, as can poor posture when you’re exercising. Chiropractors can perform spinal manipulations to shift your spine back into alignment, which can also help with any back or neck pain that you may be experiencing.
Do You Need Chiropractic Help With Winter Sport Injuries?
Carlile Chiropractic understands the excitement the onset of winter brings for those who participate in winter sports. We want to help you stay healthy and strong, so you can enjoy them as long as you can before winter turns to spring and you have to wait another year to be able to do them again. For more advice on preventing winter sport injuries or for any questions about our chiropractic care, please contact us at Carlile Chiropractic today!