Faced with an Injury this Winter?
Do you want to avoid a possible winter sports injury this year? With winter quickly approaching, your concern is understandable. If you are the sort of person who doesn’t let cold weather stop you from staying active, the last thing you want is an injury that could put you on the sidelines. Here are some common winter sports injuries to watch out for in the upcoming months.
Muscle Sprains and Strains
The reality is that cold weather places extra strain on the body. You are more likely to experience a strain or sprain in the winter compared to any other time of the year. The reason for this is that your muscles lose elasticity in the cold, putting you at higher risk.
This is no reason to stay indoors, though. Besides making sure that you are dressed warmly enough for the conditions, be sure that you give yourself extra time to warm up. You can perform a variety of stretches to loosen up your body. You’ll also want to ease into your winter sport. Going out there and playing as hard as you can even after you’ve stretched is never a good idea.
Injuries from Prolonged Cold
Even in Texas, you still must give winter its proper respect. If you are out in cold temperatures for a prolonged time for activities such as biking, hiking or fishing, be extra careful. Frostbite and hypothermia can still take place if you don’t exercise caution.
Residents in colder climates have no choice but to bundle up or pay the consequences. It can be easier in warmer climates to give yourself a false confidence. If you plan to be outside for a long time, be sure to dress warmly, bring a cell phone, food, and water especially while hiking, hunting or boating.
Contact Questcare Urgent Care
If you find yourself injured this winter, come out to Questcare Urgent Care and one of our specialists will provide excellent, courteous medical attention to you. We are conveniently located to serve you.