Staying Safe While Sledding
By Donna Stark
Is your child's school staying closed because there is too much snow on the ground again? School closures and snow days are often unexpected, but don't let the surprise of them take away the fun that comes with them. There's too much sledding to do to let that happen! However, before you head out the door with your plastic discs and rubber tubes, take the time to look over the following. Your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic want you to enjoy the day with your littles, but they also want everyone to stay safe!
Keep Up With Your Adjustments
Keeping up with your children on the snowy hills is hard, so you need to keep up with your regular chiropractic adjustments! Chiropractic care will help get your body ready for those hard landings by reducing joint stiffness, muscle tension, and nerve irritation. It is also great for the day after because it will help place your body back into proper alignment.
Before you even go out to check the air in your tubes, pull out all of your winter gear to double-check that you have everything you need. It's important to maintain your body's core temperature while playing in the snow for hours on end, so make sure everyone has a winter coat, snow pants, boots, gloves, a hat, and a scarf or face mask. You can also wear layers of clothing, too if you prefer. This may be especially beneficial if the forecast calls for warmer temperatures later in the day. Just be sure to change out of any wet clothing when you are done!
Choose a Clear Path
The best hill you can choose for your day of fun is a hill clear of obstacles. Try to find an open setting that doesn't have any trees, rocks, cars, fences, or ponds around your path. In addition to the path you want to sled on, make sure your "landing" area is free of hazards too. Never sled into an open road and make sure your children are sledding feet first!
Choose the Path Less Traveled
Yes, it's fun to sled with neighbors and friends, but all those people who are sledding down the hill next to you are an additional hazard to watch out for! Even if your children are experienced sledders, too many people on the hill can cause some dangerous traffic jams. Perhaps, instead of heading to where everyone else goes, you can find a hill that is a little bit quieter?
It's important that your children understand all the safety rules when sledding, so set aside some time to review the suggestions above before you step foot on any hill. And remember, chiropractic care at The Joint Chiropractic is a must both before and after this activity!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Arvada, Colo.