Thousands of people across the country look forward to the first deep snowfall of the year. Deep snow means that the winter skiing season is finally here and it’s time to hit the slopes. If you count yourself among these people and haven’t really exercised since last winter, it’s important that you prepare your body for the sport that lies ahead. Here are some tips to keep you safe during your choice of winter activities, preventing incidents like broken bones, eye damage and even brain injury.
1. Get In Shape
If you have been on skis before, you know how taxing it can be on your body. Don’t put on your boots or strap on your skis before you get yourself ready. You will enjoy your time on the slopes even more if you are physically fit. Start walking every day, get on a rowing machine or even dance around your living room. Anything you can do to start working your muscles is a good thing.
2. Get the Right Equipment
Don’t assume that last year’s equipment is what you need this year. Your old equipment may be cracked or broken. It may be adjusted poorly. Don’t wait until the day you plan on skiing or snowboarding to inspect the stuff you used last year. Get it all out, give it a good once over and if it needs repaired or replaced, make it happen.
3. Dress Correctly
You should be dressing in layers when you plan on participating in winter sports. Look for fabrics that are both water and wind-resistant. You will want items that have snug cuffs at the ankles and wrists, and collars that will zip or button all the way to your chin. If you aren’t sure what you should be wearing, ask the person at the sporting goods store for assistance.
4. Eye Protection
You don’t want to ruin your eyes sliding down the slopes. It’s just as important now as it is in the summer to wear proper eye protection. It may even be more important. You’ll have snow and ice flying at your face, and you’ll be dealing with sun glare bouncing off the crystal-white snow. Wear goggles or sunglasses that will protect you from all of those things.
5. Be Responsible
Once you get to the hill or mountain, realize that safety is everyone’s responsibility. Follow any posted rules and if you aren’t sure what the rules are, ask. When you stop, make sure you aren’t in anyone’s way. Know how to utilize any lifts safely, and understand that people who have already started down the hill have the right of way.
No one wants to end their day on the hill with a serious injury. If you are injured and suffer a brain injury in San Luis Obispo this winter-sports season, be sure to reach out to our office. If your injury was due to someone’s misactions or negligence, you may have a case for compensation. Call our team to schedule your case evaluation.