Winter Sports Safety Tips From Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

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Winter is still in full force, and many children are on or looking forward to their winter school break, which means there is still plenty of time to enjoy outdoor recreation and sports.

Slick, icy conditions make you move much faster—that’s one element most winter sports have in common. Whether it is alpine skiing, sledding down a hill, playing a game of hockey or simply learning figure eights on the village pond, the potential for traumatic injury increases when you have a collision with the ice, another person, a parked or moving vehicle, or obstacles like trees and rocks.

“The majority of common winter sports injuries can be prevented if you prepare by wearing the appropriate protective gear, knowing your surroundings and staying alert,” said Kaveer K. Chatoorgoon, MD, FACS, pediatric trauma medical director at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD).

CHaD suggests these tips to prevent injury during your favorite winter activities:

  • Wear appropriate protective gear, including goggles, helmets, gloves, and padding.
  • Check that equipment is working properly prior to use.
  • Wear proper footwear that provides warmth and dryness, as well as ample ankle support.
  • Take a lesson (or several) from a qualified instructor, especially in sports like skiing and snowboarding. Learning how to fall correctly and safely can reduce the risk of injury.
  • Drink plenty of water before, during, and after activities.

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH), New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serves a population of 1.9 million across northern New England. D-HH provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named again in 2020 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 9 clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only children’s hospital; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-HH system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT.

About CHaD

As New Hampshire's only full-service, comprehensive children's hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock (CHaD) is committed to providing outstanding compassionate care for children and their families. Their physician expertise provides primary, specialty, and tertiary care to the children of New Hampshire, Vermont, and beyond. CHaD offers inpatient (hospital care) and outpatient (same day care) services at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Outpatient and same-day surgery services are available at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock Manchester. Primary care is available at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock facilities in Bedford, Concord, Keene, Lebanon, Manchester, and Nashua, NH, and Bennington, VT. For more information about CHaD, please visit www.chadkids.org or contact us at 603-650‐KIDS or chad.community.relations@hitchcock.org.