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Tips for staying safe while snow skiing this winter

'Tis the season to go skiing, and that means that anyone who is taking to the slopes should be aware of the possible risks that come with this sport. Even with the best preparation, it is still possible to get into a skiing accident.

When you are trying to decide on a place to ski, make sure that you stick to places that have marked trails to help you to avoid certain dangers. You should always make sure that you aren't skiing in an area known for avalanches.

While skiing, you must keep a watchful eye out for patches of ice, rocks and other hazards that could potentially cause you to lose your balance and fall.

Make sure that you are physically fit and mentally ready to handle the slopes. This includes staying hydrated and warming up before you head down the mountain. Many injuries that occur while skiing are caused when people overexert themselves.

Some of the injuries that are possible when a skiing accident occurs include injuries to the knees, shoulder, legs and head. In the case of severe injuries, surgeries may be indicated and missing work might be necessary. All of these types of injuries can require extensive medical care, which can be difficult to obtain while you are on the slopes. That delay in medical care might negatively affect the injury.

If the accident was because of the negligence of the landowner who was allowing skiing on their property, you might opt to seek compensation. Learning about the process is one step that might help you decide what to do.

Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, "Skiing Injury Prevention," accessed Nov. 20, 2015

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