Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
While Houston might get a free pass on a lot of winter injuries (not too many of us will be in the ER from shoveling snow), it’s still important to be aware of potential risks this winter. Whether you’re staying home or heading north to hit the slopes, please be aware of the following common winter injuries and accidents… and stay safe!
4 Common Winter Sports Injuries
Approximately 290,000 people are treated at hospitals, doctor’s offices, and emergency rooms for winter sports-related injuries each year. The four most common injuries are from…
- Skiing – 114,000
- Snowboarding – 79,000
- Sledding, tobogganing and snow tubing – 52,000
- Ice skating – 47,000
Falling onto ice or snow or colliding into others can result in a dislocated shoulder or knee injury. Sudden impact and unnatural twists, which commonly happen in a fall, can result in joint stress and injuries that take months to recover from.
3 Winter Injury Statistics
- One national study discovered that snow shoveling resulted in 11,5000 emergency room visits over an 11-year period.
- Approximately 20,000 children between the ages of five and 14 were treated for ice hockey-related injuries in the emergency room.
- 540,000 individuals seek hospital care as a result of slipping on ice.
Though a big one, ice isn’t the only cause of falls, of course. Cold weather, wet conditions, and winter illnesses all seem to collude in creating a surge in falls – especially among older populations. Be sure to read and share our recent blog post on fall prevention with older friends and relatives who could be at a greater risk this season.
Winter Sports Injury Infographic
View the full infographic below…
If you do experience a winter sports injury, use the RICE method of “rest, ice, compression and elevation” to help manage swelling and pain. For more information about how to schedule your appointment with a specialist, see below.
Schedule With a Houston Sports Medicine Doctor
Your Houston sports medicine physician may be able to evaluate, diagnose and treat winter sports injuries. We do our best to accommodate patients with acute injuries; schedule an appointment at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics by calling (713) 756-5546.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.