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Top 7 Winter Sports Injuries

There are many sports that are available to play during the winter months. Some sports use the snow and others ice. The temperature is also lower so we need to use preventative measures to protect against the elements. However, sometimes we get injured. The injuries sustained during winter sports are most often more severe than in other sports. This is due to the higher speeds at which winter sports are played. These injuries are so severe that it is recommended you seek the attention of a doctor.

Here is a list of 7 winter sports injuries that you should get checked

Back Spasm: This injury can result in severe back pain. It happens with repetitive torso twisting (seen a lot in hockey). If not properly addressed it could lead to chronic back pain.

Head trauma: This can end the “winter season fun” for you in a second. Head trauma can be severe in that it can result in concussion. This is a serious condition. It results in headaches, lack of concentration and loss of fine control of your hand- eye coordination. You can also get baseline tested for concussion injuries. For more information on that see our website here.

Twisting Knee: This injury is more common in skiing and snowboarding especially down slopes containing moguls. One could easily tear the inner ligaments holding their knee together (ACL or PCL) or the shock absorption pads we have in our knees (meniscus). Get orthopaedic testing from a chiropractor or physiotherapist to determine if you need additional examinations or not.

Falling hard on your shoulder: A fall on the shoulder is more common than you think and can result in dislocation. It is caused by landing on your shoulder after a great fall (skiing, ice hockey). It is obvious if you dislocated your shoulder and it is still dislocated. But, if it dislocated and realigned it may not be so obvious that you had a dislocation. This is why you should get it checked. You could have specific signs of a dislocation that your chiropractor or physiotherapist could identify, even though it does not seem like it ever dislocated.

Wrist pain: The most common way to hurt your wrist in winter sports is falling and landing forward on an outstretched hand. We call this a “FOOSH” and it can result in fracture of the wrist bones. We may send you for an X-ray.

Ankle pain: Most likely it is caused by twisting your ankle due to decreased traction from slippery ice. This pain can be a result of small a fracture where the muscles insert into the bone known as an avulsion fracture.

Severe Bruising: This can occur from landing on your bottom or ribs from falling from a great height. This can result in rib fracture (need X-ray) and large bruises. If these large bruises do not heal properly it could result in a condition known as myositis ossificans where your bruise hardens (calcifies) and is permanently there. Ouch!

It is crucial that you get checked for these injuries. If left untreated/unaddressed they could get worse and become permanent. You could also book a no-charge, no-obligation consultation to find out more about how we could help you and how we treat conditions such as these.

Stay warm and see you out there!


Written By: Dr. Andrea Nalli, DC