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Ski Safety - Before Hitting the Slopes
In Skiing, the chances of getting yourself injured are comparatively lower than in bicycling, in-line skating, or jet skiing. However, do not put your safety in jeopardy. You must always be out of harm's way whenever you go Skiing. It is common fact that prevention is still better than cure, and there are things you can do to avoid injuries before hitting the slopes. This section focuses on some guidelines that you can follow before heading the slopes:
Make sure you are in good shape. There is a much lower risk of getting injured and you will not get tired easily if you are physically fit before Skiing.
It is better to heed the advice of Ski instructors and experts, or better yet, take several Ski lessons from a competent Ski instructor. For instance, he will be able to give you some guidelines on how to fall correctly to lessen chances of injury.
Acquire the appropriate pieces of Skiing Equipment. Furthermore, check if your gear is in fine condition, especially the Ski Bindings. Have them adjusted correctly at a Ski shop. Head injuries are one of the worst that you can get in Skiing, so wear a helmet to reduce the risk of head injuries caused by falls and/or collisions.
Wear a Ski Outfit that can resist wind and water. There are Skiing clothes which have wind flaps, shield zippers, cosy cuffs for the wrists and ankles, or adjustable drawstrings to make you warm and keep the wind out. Avoid wearing loose garments since they may be entangled in Ski Poles and lifts.
Dressing in layers permits you to put up with the constant temperature changes of your body. Use a turtleneck, sweater, or a Ski Jacket. Wrists as well as your knees are very sensitive to Skiing falls and crashes. Thus, protect them with Wrist Guards and Padding.
Be keen on possible weather changes. Wear gloves or mittens, and bring something to keep your head warm like a hat or headband. You can lose heat through your head by as much as 60% so take the necessary garments.
Apply adequate amount of sunscreen or sun block for sun protection. Be aware that the sun's reflection off the Snow is strong even on cloudy days. Sun's rays and glare can impair your vision. Wear sunglasses or goggles so you can clearly see the terrain.