House Call: Tips to Prevent Cold Weather Injury
The cold, winter months are amongst us, and with them come winter sports and cold weather-related injuries.
Winter sports-related injuries are often seen in two categories–organized sports that are played during the winter, such as basketball, ice hockey and wrestling, and recreational outdoor sports such as skiing, snowboarding and sledding. Common injuries that occur from these activities include ankle sprains, ACL tears and concussions.
To avoid winter sports-related injuries, be sure to participate in activities with a friend (never alone), warm up with a five to ten minute jog followed by stretches, wear protective gear that fits properly, pay attention to warning signs, consider taking lessons in the activity, stay hydrated, and pay attention to any changes in your body that occur during the activity.
Hypothermia and frostbite are also serious conditions to be aware of and prevent during the winter months. To prevent these bodily cold injuries from occurring, it is important to wear proper clothing, such as coats, gloves, hats and boots, avoid alcohol consumption, and check and prepare for the weather when participating in outdoor activities. Also, recognize that shivering is the body’s last defense for warming itself.
Fortunately, our community has an exceptional team of sports medicine specialists, primary care physicians and other related healthcare professionals within the Cone Health network that are dedicated to educating individuals about preventions and treatment of cold weather-related injuries. For more information on preventing cold weather injury, call Cone Health Sports Medicine Center at MedCenter High Point at (336)884-3770.
Dr. Shane Hudnall is a sports medicine specialist practicing at Cone Health Sports Medicine Center at MedCenter High Point. Dr. Hudnall is a 2007 graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in family medicine at Cone Health Family Medicine Center and completed his fellowship in sports medicine at Cone Health’s sports medicine fellowship program.