Winter is coming: How to prevent common seasonal injuries
When winter comes, so do winter activities, and with winter activities sometimes seasonal injuries come as well. Here is a quick and simple checklist of the most common winter injuries, how to prevent them and how to treat them. This way you will be able to enjoy your winter activities with peace of mind and the knowledge of what to do in case of injury.
The winter presents an excellent opportunity to go outside and enjoy different sorts of fun activities, allowing you to get some much needed fresh air and exercise during the winter months. However, just like any other time of the year, it is highly recommended that we take the necessary precautions to care for our bodies and avoid some unpleasant injuries. This goes for the sports enthusiasts and those staying at home during the winter months.
Before doing anything: Warm up
If you are jogging, skiing, hiking, or partaking in any winter sport or physical activity, it is essential that you warm up prior to any type of activity. The main reason is that colder weather makes for colder muscles, putting you in risk of cramps and even muscle tears. Before doing any type of physical activity, it is recommended that you do a short warm up with some light exercises to help your muscles get warmed up. If you are planning on going skiing, experts recommend that you warm up run before taking on the more difficult slopes. It is very important that you don’t over work your muscles or try to ignore pain. If you are experiencing muscle pain, the best bet is that you rest and avoid exposing yourself to more serious injury. Using kinesiotape on strategic areas can be a great advantage
What to do if I get a winter injury?
Muscular injuries require rest, especially under cold temperatures, therefore the proliferation of seasonal injuries at this time of the year. Fortunately to help you mitigate pain and find comfort there are several viable pain management alternatives that you can explore such as TENS therapy and other Electrotherapy options, as well as hot/cold therapy or even using pain relief gels and lotions (all available here at Discount Medical Supplies).
The winter, and snow specifically, brings chores and other activities that could potentially produce their own share of injuries. Shoveling snow is one of the activities that produces the larger amount of back injuries during this time of the year. If you are not able to use a snow blower and have to resort to shoveling, be sure that your are using an ergonomic shovel and work on an ergonomic shoveling technique to avoid back injuries. Snow shoveling has been responsible for causing everything from back strains to muscles sprains and, in severe cases, herniated discs.
- During the winter season it is highly advisable that you pace yourself. The weather definitely conditions the effects and how much you are able to do when it comes to physical activity and exercises.
- Avoid overheating and dehydration; try to drink plenty of fluids.
- Be sure that you wear appropriate clothing to fully keep you from the cold, but not too loose in case that you need removing a layer or two because of sudden body temperature changes.
- In case of falling, try your very best to land on your backside or buttocks. Don’t try to fight the action of falling. It is better to land on a flowing motion; that why you can prevent serious winter seasonal injuries.