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Winter Sports Safety

Winter offers many wonderful opportunities for outdoor play in the snow and on the ice. Participating in winter sports is a great way for families and children over 1 year of age to have fun together, and be active. This includes ice skating, ice hockey, skiing, sledding and tobogganing, snowboarding and snowmobiling.

Children under 1 year of age should not be engaging in winter sports.

  • Infants under one year of age have large heads and weak necks. Sudden turns and stops put too much stress on their bodies to stay upright with their head steady.
  • The weight of a helmet adds additional stress on the neck.



Parachute – Winter Sports and Recreation English / Francais

Parachute – Winter Outdoor Safety English / Francais

Parachute – Helmets for Winter Activities English / Francais

Caring for Kids – Winter Safety: Advice for Parents and Kids English / Francais

Caring for Kids – Snowmobiles: Safety Tips for Families English / Francais

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit – Concussions



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