Snowboarding is one of the most popular and fastest-growing winter sports. Because of this, there have been more snowboarding injuries. Skiing and snowboarding injuries happen most often because of:
Be snow smart to help
lower the risk of getting hurt while doing snow sports on the hill.
Wear the Gear
The Canadian Pediatric Society recommends that children and families wear gear such as certified helmets and goggles while skiing. Helmets, goggles, and wrist guards should be worn while snowboarding.
Here are some tips to remember:
Take ski or snowboarding lessons with a certified instructor. Start on an easy-to-manage slope to practice your turns and stopping. Get tips from an instructor or experienced skiers/boarders on the best ways to ski/board and fall.
Ski and board on runs that are right for your ability. Choose runs that will help you develop skills. Know your limits. If you're tired, stop and rest. If you're cold, go inside.
Follow the Alpine Responsibility Code from the Canadian Ski Council – go to
www.skicanada.org/safety to learn more.
Current as of: January 19, 2017
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention Program, Alberta Health Services
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