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Winter Sports Safety

by Jared Staver in Personal Injury, Premises Liability

Skiing and snowboarding are two popular winter sports that many people enjoy. If you are planning on skiing or snowboarding this winter, you should be aware that excess speed, loss of control, and crashes into a tree, lift tower, or another stationary object may lead to a serious injury. By following the winter sports safety tips listed below, you can reduce your risk of injury while still having fun in the snow.

If you sustain an injury during skiing or snowboarding that was caused by the negligence of a ski and snowboarding resort or someone else, you should reach out to our Chicago premises liability lawyers at (312) 236-2900. Our attorneys can evaluate your case and may be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries.

Train in Advance

Rather than beginning to work out a week before you go skiing or snowboarding, you should get in shape several months before. A regular exercise routine will help you reduce fatigue, strengthen your muscles, improve your flexibility, and prepare your body for winter sports.

Invest in an Instructor

If you consider yourself a beginner, you should invest in a ski or snowboarding instructor. This way, you can learn the basics of the sport as well as how to fall properly. Once you’ve taken several lessons, you will become more confident in your abilities and a safer skier or snowboarder as a result.

Stay Hydrated

All too often, skiers and snowboarders get so caught up in the sport that they forget to keep themselves hydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids while skiing or snowboarding in order to avoid dehydration, which can lead to fatigue.

Wear a Helmet

Wearing a properly fitted helmet can reduce your risk of head injury by 50 percent. Keep in mind that although a helmet can reduce head injury risk, you shouldn’t engage in risky behavior that can cause you to lose control or hit a tree, object, or another skier.

Protect Your Skin

Even though it may be cold on the day you decide to ski or snowboard, high elevation exposes your skin to more radiation, making it important for you protect your skin. You should apply a generous amount of sunscreen to exposed skin every two hours, wear goggles that provide UV protection, dress in pants, long sleeves, and gloves, and put on a helmet that covers your ears.

Know Your Limits

You should ski or snowboard at a level that feels comfortable to you. Pushing your body to extraneous levels can cause serious injuries and is not worth the risk.

Wear the Appropriate Gear

Whether you’re wearing your own gear or renting it, you should make sure it’s in excellent condition and fits you properly. Failing to do so can lead to slope accidents even if you are an experienced skier or snowboarder.

Injured While Skiing or Snowboarding? Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Today

If you follow these safety tips and still suffer from an injury while skiing or snowboarding, you should call our Chicago premises liability lawyers today. The ski and snowboarding resort may be held liable for failing to warn you of the experience level that is appropriate for their challenging slopes or creating unsafe premises in some other way.

For a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.