Winter Weather: Ski Safely

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about some of the hazards of winter weather. Winter weather can also be fun, but keep it that way by taking safety precautions.

You don’t want to ruin your ski vacation by getting injured on the slopes. Dr. Robert Dimeff, a sports medicine expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, offers some tips to help avoid common sources of skiing injuries. If you’ve never skied, take lessons from a professional so you’ll know the basics, and stick to slopes at your skill level. Check your bindings and their release mechanisms each time you hit the slopes, and consult the experts at the ski shop to make sure you know how the bindings should work. Wear a helmet when you ski. Head injuries are the most common cause of death from skiing-related accidents. If you fall, drop your ski poles to prevent hand and thumb injuries. Avoid alcohol and stimulants when on the slopes because these can affect your performance and reaction times.

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January 2012

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