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Winter Sports and Activities Injuries

by Premier Health
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The cold weather marks the beginning of many seasonal activities. Students take part in team sports such as wrestling and basketball, while others, including adults enjoy ice hockey, skiing, snowboarding and sledding.  All active recreational endeavors require participants to maintain varying levels of physical strength and flexibility to prevent injuries. Stretching well, and on a regular basis should be the main component of any active lifestyle.  Weight and cardiovascular training are recommended, as they will enhance safety and increase the ability to reach your greatest potential.

Injuries can occur regardless of any preventative measure. You are subject to a significant range of injuries that can take place with your active lifestyle, and all parts of the body can be involved. Concussions are seen in all sports, especially where speed is involved such as ice hockey and downhill skiing.  Joint injuries also occur with frequency in basketball players, wrestlers and cheerleading. Injuries can be of a sudden traumatic nature such as a broken leg, concussion or torn ACL, or can be the result of repetitive minor injuries such as tendonitis.  In the case of a head trauma, assessment and treatment of serious medical conditions such as a concussion is imperative to avoid the risk of permanent damage to the brain.

Regardless of the type of injury, timely assessment and treatment is important to determine what course of action may be necessary. It is recommended that all sporting accidents and injuries  be assessed by a medical professional to avoid further complications or damage. Once appropriate evaluation is made, your health care provider will be able to provide a beneficial care plan, giving you a swift recovery and safe return to your favorite cold weather sport. If you or your athlete experience any injury while enjoying a winter activity, our experienced providers are here to help with the diagnosis and treatment of all activity related disorders.  Whether you seek medical consultation and treatment from your primary care provider or one of our orthopedists, you and your family will receive the very best in conservative treatment, and surgical care from our caring orthopedists, only if needed.  Our physical therapists are an integral part of treatment plans and have been utilized to aid in recovery and most importantly, prevention of further injury.

PHA has a unique approach to caring for our patients.  Due to our extensive internal staff of medical providers and services, we collaborate effectively which means you return can back to living an active lifestyle as quickly as possible.

Remember during the pandemic, always follow guidelines for PPE and social distancing regardless of where your activity is taking place.

Premier Health Associates