While we don’t want to admit it, winter is quickly approaching. We tend to see many winter related injuries from winter sports such as skiing/snowboarding and falling on ice. Falling on ice can lead to an array of injuries including but not limited to quad tendon repairs, shoulder and hip fractures, and low back injuries. Our goal is to help you avoid injury with the impending winter season with the below noted tips.
- Keep working out! Don’t lose your momentum as we enter the winter season even though there is temptation to stay in bed during the cold winter mornings! The stronger you are, the better you’ll be able to tolerate any potential injury.
- Make sure that you’re wearing shoes with good tread. This will help you avoid slipping on ice.
- Use your legs to lift snow and heavy objects. Avoid bending forward at the hips to prevent a back injury.
- Give yourself plenty of time to get places in the winter. Take smaller steps if you anticipate there will be black ice to ensure you have your footing while walking.
- Stretch after activity, whether it be shoveling or skiing. Ensure the body stays flexible after an activity to prevent injury and tightness.
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-Meghan J., Physical Therapist at Dedham Health