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Winter Sports Injuries (and How to Avoid Them)

Updated March 4, 2020 | By Wilson Kehoe Winingham staff

Sports injuries are common, and they can happen to any player or athlete at any time. However, in the winter months, ice and snowy slopes can lead to a rise in accidents as well as exacerbate the severity of injuries.

By being familiar with common winter sports injuries and knowing how to prevent them, you can help keep you and your loved ones safe this winter.

Common Winter Sports Injuries

Sprains, fractures, breaks, concussions, and spinal injuries are some of the most common winter sports injuries.

Sprains, Fractures, and Breaks

A variety of sprains, fractures, and breaks are associated with winter sports: broken elbows, fractured kneecaps, sprained ankles, and dislocated shoulders are all common.

One injury unique to winter sports is skier’s thumb. This hand injury, a torn thumb ligament, occurs when skiers fall and attempt to keep their grip on the ski pole.


Concussions are a possibility when playing any sport, especially contact sports such as ice hockey. A winter environment, with ice and snow making surfaces slippery, can also lead to players hitting their heads. In fact, concussions are a leading cause of death and disability among snowboarders and skiers.

Signs of a concussion include dizziness, blurry vision, vomiting, and confusion. Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect a concussion.

Spinal Injuries

Winter sports can cause spinal and other back injuries as well. High-intensity sports, such as snowboarding and skiing, can lead to sprains or strains in the ligaments or muscles. More severe spinal injuries, like fractures or dislocations, could cause paralysis.

Prevention Tips

Many winter sports injuries could have been prevented with the right planning. Follow these tips to avoid common injuries.

Before Participating in Winter Sports

Before you venture out into the snow and ice, do the following:

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Use protective equipment (helmets, body padding, goggles, gloves, etc.)
  • Wear multiple layers
  • Take lessons from a qualified instructor, if necessary
  • Warm up with light exercise or stretching

While Playing Winter Sports

While participating in winter sports, keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Take regular breaks and drink water
  • Keep an eye on the winter weather
  • Don’t go anywhere alone
  • Be familiar with your surroundings
  • Know your limits and don’t push beyond your level
  • Follow the appropriate technique
  • Stop when you are tired
  • Seek medical attention if necessary

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, contact an Indianapolis personal injury lawyer from Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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