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Staying Safe on the Slopes

By Donna Stark

Do you need a pair of skis on your feet? Do you count down the days until the ski resort opens every year and head to the mountains as much as you possibly can? If so, you may want to take the time to review some safety tips. Because no matter if you are a beginner or an expert on the slopes, accidents can still happen. Here's what your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic think you should know.

Invite Someone to Join You

It's always better to have others with or around you when you are skiing, and that's because there is a real danger to this sport. Your best bet is to invite someone at the same skill level as you. That way, you won't have to worry about being separated while going on different trails. Of course, you can still go alone if you really want to, but if you do, make sure someone else is aware of the trails you are going to be on and is given a time when you expect to come back. Carrying a phone or checking in routinely is also recommended.  

Wear Protective Gear

The simple fact of wearing protective gear doesn't make you any safer. You also have to make sure it is fitted properly! The most important piece of equipment to wear is a helmet, but you can't just wear any kind of helmet. The helmet you choose must be designed for skiing. Here are some other items worth considering too.

  • Elbow and knee pads
  • Goggles
  • Weatherproof clothing

Watch Your Form

Have you ever been taught how to fall safely? Or how to hold your body when skiing down the mountain? Even if you have been skiing for years, there is still a risk of injury if you have never learned the correct technique. And if you have, it never hurts to remind yourself to pay attention! Poor form and technique are huge contributors to accidents and injuries, so be aware of how you carry yourself while on the slopes. Ask that friend you invited to observe and take notes on how you look.

Warm Up Before You Head Out

It's important to warm up before you head out because cold weather can cause muscle tightness and joint stiffness, and that's a recipe for disaster! Give your muscles a good stretch and go for a short walk to loosen up your joints before you head out. Your body will absolutely thank you for it!

Mountain Safety

Keep the fun going this winter by following the easy and simple suggestions above. In addition to increasing your safety, they may even help you become a better athlete! Have fun this season and stay safe!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in University Place, Wash.

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