In the Kearsarge-Lake Sunapee Region there are plenty of
opportunities to stay active and healthy during the winter
months. From skiing and snowboarding to skating, sledding
and snowshoeing, the options are endless in our local
winter wonderland.
While winter sports provide a great way to exercise and enjoy
the outdoors, they also have the potential to cause injury if
proper safety precautions are not practiced. According to the
US Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 440,000
people in this country were treated at hospitals, doctor’s offices
and emergency rooms for winter sports-related injuries in 2010.
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And then there are winter chores. Another study conducted over
a 17-year period by the American Journal of Emergency Medicine
found that, on average, more than 11,000 adults and children
are treated in US emergency departments for snow-shovel
related injuries each year.
At New London Hospital we tend to see a variety of injuries
in the winter months, ranging from broken wrists due to
slips and falls to fractured shoulders from snowboarding
accidents,” commented Orthopaedic Specialist and NLH Chief
Medical Officer, James Murphy, MD. “Whether injuries are
sports related or due to common winter chores, winter in
New Hampshire means taking extra precautions to stay safe.”
Common winter injuries include fractures, sprains, tears and
other orthopaedic damage. Many of these happen when
people overexert themselves, are not physically prepared for
the activity or fail to use the proper equipment. “We see a lot
of shoulder injuries including rotator cuff tears in the winter
time, many due to snow shoveling,” commented Dartmouth-
Hitchcock Orthopaedic Specialist Charles Carr, MD. “We also
encounter a lot of knee injuries including meniscal tears and
anterior cruciate ligament tears in winter sports enthusiasts.”
Stay Safe During Winter
Outdoor Activities
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| Friends NEWSLETTER | WINTER 2015
Winter Sports Safety Tips
Prepare by properly conditioning
your muscles for winter sports.
Wear protective gear appropriate
for your sport (helmets, goggles,
padding, snow cleats).
Always check that your equipment
is working properly before
participating in a winter activity.
Pay attention to your surroundings.
Keep an eye out for changes in
weather, upcoming storms, drops
in temperature and low visibility.
Stay in control and know your limits.
Listen to your body; stop if you are
in pain or exhausted.