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January 10, 2011 at 1:00 PMComments: 9 Faves: 0

Extreme Sports and Your Safety

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Participating in any sport requires an attention to safety. Taking the necessary precautions can prevent all types of injuries, from mild to serious. However, if you are planning to actively play an extreme sport, the risks are multiplied substantially. Knowing the best ways to avoid a dangerous or potentially harmful situation will help you stay as safe as possible during the activity.

Never Play Alone

Most sports are generally a lot more exciting when more than one person is playing. With extreme sports, doing them alone is not an option. Since the chance of injury is elevated, people need to watch out for each other. When an injury does occur, it will be easier to get help if other people are around you. Another advantage to playing extreme sports in groups is that you can observe the different abilities of each person. Learning from mistakes that others have made is often a very effective method in preventing injuries. And the players with more experience might be in a position to provide tips and techniques.

Watch the Weather

Cold weather sports, including downhill ski racing, ski jumping, snowboarding, snow biking, snowmobiling, and ice climbing are accompanied by additional risks because of the climate. Lower temperatures can lead to cold muscles and joints, which are more prone to injuries. Stretch and perform light exercises slowly and hold the stretch for 30 seconds. This will keep your muscles and joints warm as well as flexible. Wear several layers of lighter clothing that are loose and wind and water resistant to avoid freezing. The layers will make it easier to adjust your body's temperature as the conditions around you change. Dryness, warmth, and support should be considered when selecting the appropriate footwear for the sport you are playing. Never underestimate the weather, and monitor the forecasts frequently for any sudden drops in temperatures or storms.

Understand Your Ability

If you watch extreme sports on television, keep in mind that the stunts are performed by professionals with years of practice. Although some things might appear easy, they should not be attempted by someone without the proper training and expert coaching. Children need to be aware that these stunts are dangerous and unsafe for them. One of the most common ways that people are hurt is by trying to perform something that is beyond their ability.

Pay Attention

Listen to your body and stop at the first sign of pain or exhaustion. Rest when needed and drink the recommended amount of water to avoid dehydration. Do not allow your adrenaline to interfere with good judgment. An injury will be much worse if pain is ignored and help is delayed.

Gear

Perhaps the most obvious safety measure is to wear protective gear and equipment. Helmets, goggles, gloves, and padding are all designed for specific reasons. Each form of protective accessory has a purpose that makes it essential in every extreme sport. The gear must be in solid, working condition, and equipment needs to be used properly. Before you try any extreme sport, learn as much as you can about it. Gradually build your skill level at a slow pace. If you fall, try to land on your side or buttocks (the underside, not near the tailbone), and roll in a natural direction, with your head directed the same way. Seek medical help immediately if you or someone you are with is injured.

Sources: http://ehstoday.com/safety/news/extreme_sports_injuries_4412/

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/wound-care-10/sports-safety-equipment

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/wound-care-10/sports-safety-equipment?page=2

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