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How to Prevent Winter Sports Injuries
Think twice before taking 'one last run,' orthopedist says
-- Robert Preidt
SATURDAY, Jan. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Get out and enjoy winter but take steps to protect yourself from common ski- and snowboard-related injuries such as sprains, strains, dislocations and fractures, an orthopedist says.
"No matter your skill level, everyone is susceptible to injury on the slopes," said Dr. Allston Stubbs, an associate professor of orthopedics at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, said in a center news release. "Most of these injuries happen at the end of the day, so you may want to think twice before going for 'one last run,' especially when you're tired."
He outlined a number of ways to reduce your risk of injury:
"My advice isn't meant to take the fun out of winter sports. It's meant to help keep you on the slopes as much as possible," Stubbs said.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers winter health and safety tips.
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