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Raising Children

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

Parachute - Winter Outdoor Safety

Parachute -  Helmets for Winter Activities

Caring for Kids - Winter Safety: Advice for Parents and Kids

Caring for Kids - Snowmobiles: Safety Tips for Families

Ski Canada

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit - Concussions

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