Cold-weather sports are popular for teens, and provide great locations for outdoor activity. Cold-weather sports are fun, but there are precautions to take before your teen heads out the door; especially if they've never participated in cold-weather sports before. If you're not accustomed to cold-weather climates there are a multitude of sports your teen can take part in like hockey, sledding, downhill skiing and running, as well.
Choose a sport that fits your teens personality
Do research on several different cold-weather sports before a teen tries one. Your teen may have an idea of a good sport for them. If not, the trick is to find a cold-weather sport that fits your teen's personality and interests' best. For example, if you're teen loves a big thrill, and is outgoing, a sport such as downhill skiing or snowboarding might be a perfect match. On the hand, if your teen is just trying to stay active, walking with snow shoes is a good activity.
Get real instruction
Information is available for cold-weather sports, but get the information about cold-weather sports from classes or instructors. You're teenager's friends or your friends may have suggestions and tips, but some of these sports are more extreme than others. Your teen can go skiing without classes, but there's a higher chance of injury from the lack of knowledge on the sport. Research credible on-line sources, or head to specialized sports stores for the most up-to-date information.
Injuries from cold-weather sports
Injuries from cold-weather sports are likely to happen if your teen is not properly prepared. Injuries like frostbite, hypothermia, blisters and even muscle injuries are common. The muscles have a higher riskof injury because they are tight from the cold. Add a longer warm up period to reduce muscle injuries.
Take safety precautions
Be aware of the equipment your teen uses. For instance, sports such as hockey use a lot of equipment. Each piece of hockey equipment should be in good condition, and your teen should never go on the ice without all the protective gear like shin guards, pads, a helmet and etc.
There are specific safety precautions in each sport, but know the general precautions, as well. For example; your teen should take snacks, extra socks and water with them even if they are out for a short time. Keep the water insulated so it doesn't freeze, and so your teen can reduce the chances of dehydration while participating in cold-weather sports.
Lisa M. White
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