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Don’t make winter sports injury freeze your fun

This article will cover 3 topics

1- Common Winter Sports Injury Statistics

2- Types of Winter Sports Injury

3- How to Prevent These Injuries 


In the U.S., about 30 million children and teens participate in some form of organized sports. More than 3.5 million injuries each year


According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission almost 200,000 people were treated at hospitals, doctors’ offices, and emergency rooms for injuries related to winter sports in 2018, this figure includes:

  • 76,000 injuries from snow skiing
  • 53,000 injuries from snowboarding
  • 48,000 injuries from ice skating
  • 22,000 injuries from sledding and tobogganing

The following statistics are from the National SAFE KIDS Campaign and the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Although death from a sports injury is rare, the leading cause of death from a sports-related injury is a brain injury.
  • Sports and recreational activities contribute to approximately 21 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among American children and adolescents.
  • The majority of head injuries sustained in sports or recreational activities occur during bicycling, skateboarding, or skating incidents.

Types Of Winter Sports Injury

Obviously, some sports are more dangerous than others. Contact sports, such as football, for example, are likely to result in more injuries than noncontact sports, such as swimming. However, injuries may occur in any activity, whether from the trauma of contact with other players or from overuse or misuse of a body part.

Common winter sports injuries include sprains, strains, dislocations, and fractures. Many of these injuries happen at the end of the day, when people overexert themselves to finish that one last run before the day’s end.

And these injuries can happen during playing these sports

  • 1-Ice hockey. 
  • 2-In-line and roller skating.
  • 3-Sledding and tobogganing
  • 4-Snow skiing and snowboarding.

How To Prevent These Injuries 

  • Warm up before playing: Warm up thoroughly before playing or participating. Cold muscles, tendons, and ligaments are vulnerable to injury.
  • Take a lesson from a qualified instructor: learning how to fall correctly and safely can reduce the risk of injury.
  • Keep an Eye on the Weather: Pay attention to warnings about upcoming storms and severe drops in temperature.
  • Use Protective Equipment:  Most common winter sports injuries can be minimized or prevented by wearing reliable protective equipment including goggles, helmets, gloves , ample ankle support and padding and check that equipment is working properly prior to use.
  • Don’t Push Beyond Your Experience Level: Whether attempting a new slope or trying out a winter sport you’re not familiar with, it’s important to recognize your own limitations. Many injuries occur because people were unable to control their speed or when something was just beyond their abilities.


Sometimes, despite following every prevention tip, you have a bad accident and get hurt. When that happens, the first step is to get help immediately. The second step is to find the best treatment for your injury, like those available at Hands of hope.

We have clinics throughout New York, staffed by specialists who work together to cure your injuries as well as pain management and rehabilitation to help you get back to your life.

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