“Injuries are Predictable and Preventable”
Along with snow and ice, winter offers many wonderful opportunities for outdoor play. Participating in winter sports is a great way for families and children to have fun and stay healthy. Follow this link to learn about how to keep kids safe.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Skiing and snowboarding are popular winter sports. But each year, children and adults are injured while involved in these sports, and sometimes the injuries are very serious. Read on to find out how you can help your children stay safe on the slopes.
Concussion - The Invisible Injury
- Wear a helmet - Wearing a protective helmet when practicing snow sports is a wise choice since it reduces the risk and seriousness of certain head injuries. But beware, you still have to be careful… A helmet is not armour and should not encourage you to take more risks. The best protection against injury is knowing and respecting your limits and the Mountain Code of Conduct and Alpine Responsibility Code. The golden rule is control!
- Buy a helmet that meets industry standards. Currently in Canada there's no law on safety regulations for ski or snowboard headgear, so it is very important to make sure that helmets are certified by an international standards organization (CEN, ASTM, Snell and RS-98). Be sure to review product literature for the helmet to find out which standard the helmet meets.
- Please visit SKICANADA.ORG to learn more about keeping your kids safe when out on the hills this winter.
- A concussion is an injury to the brain, caused by a direct or indirect hit to the head or body.
- A key part to protecting your child’s health is to understand the nature of concussion, how to recognize a concussion, and how to properly manage a safe and healthy return to play and learn.
- Click the following link for more information on Concussions.
Is your child involved in hockey?
Check out the ThinkFirst Smart Hockey video, which provides information about preventing injury and raises awareness about concussion on the ice.