02 Feb 3 Winter Activities that can lead to Spine Injuries
Although the winters can be cold and brutal, Minnesotans still find ways to get outside during the winter months. As with any recreational activity, there is a potential for injury. Here are three winter activities that can potentially lead to spinal injuries – as well as a few tips for prevention.
It’s not a recreational sport, but for most people living in a snowy climate (like Minnesota), shoveling is a necessity. Anyone who has had to shovel a sidewalk or driveway knows that despite its light and fluffy appearance, an accumulation of snow can be surprisingly heavy. Especially for those who have long driveways, shoveling all that snow is a workout. And just like any workout, if you don’t have the proper form, you may hurt yourself.
To prevent back and spine injuries when shoveling, make sure you are bending and lifting with your legs rather than your back. It’s also a good idea to know your physical limitations and to take breaks when needed.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Skiing and snowboarding are very popular in Minnesota, but both can be very dangerous to novice and expert skiers alike. Even the most seasoned skier has the potential to catch an edge and take a tumble. When this happens, injuries to the spine are often the result.
Remember to wear the proper protective gear when you’re on the slopes. In particular, wearing a helmet can prevent a lot of spine injuries while skiing or snowboarding.
Hockey & Broomball
Broomball and hockey are both contact sports, and with any contact sport comes an increased risk of spinal injury. Again, remember to wear protective gear when playing hockey or broomball. That means helmets, boots with good traction (for broomball), and various pads for the rest of your body.
Follow these tips and stay safe out there this winter. If you do sustain an injury to your back or spine, call a spine doctor right away to get your injuries diagnosed and treated.