Winter Sports Safety Tips for Your Little Olympian
With the Winter Olympic coming up in just a few weeks, it’s a great time for kids to go outside and play the sports they’ll see on TV.
Whether your kids are future Olympians or are just having fun in the snow, here are a few winter sports safety tips to keep them active, heathy and safe.
Winter Sports Safety Tips
- Use appropriate and properly-fitted sports gear to prevent or reduce the severity of injuries. For winter sports, this gear may include shin guards, mouth guards and especially helmets when they’re skiing, snowboarding or playing ice hockey.
- Encourage kids to drink plenty of water before, during and after play. Compared to adults, children are at increased risk of dehydration—and yes, it can happen even in cold temperatures.
- Wear warm clothing and use sunscreen. It’s also a good idea to have kids come indoors periodically to prevent hypothermia or frostbite –hot chocolate and marshmallows is a great way to lure them in.
These are just a few ideas to keep your kids playing the cold-weather sports they love leading up to the Winter Olympics and through the whole wonderful winter season.
For more winter weather tips, check out “Winter is Coming: A Cold-Weather Safety Checklist.”