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Winter Sports Safety Quiz

Whether you're skiing or skating, do you know how to avoid injuries in the cold outdoors? Test your sports-safety smarts.

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Winter Sports Safety Quiz
Winter Sports Safety Quiz
Question 1 of 20 Correct

Winter sports athletes typically do not take in enough…

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The correct answer is: Winter sports enthusiasts typically do not eat enough calories to fuel up properly. In cold weather and at high altitudes, your body needs more fuel than you might think. Make sure you're taking in three square meals a day, plus healthy snacks in between.

Winter Sports Safety Quiz
Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: You don't have to worry about dehydration when you exercise in winter as much as you do in summer.

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The correct answer is: This is false. You may not feel or see the sweat the way you do in the summer, but your body needs to be properly hydrated. Moisture loss when you breathe is much greater in the cold. And you're still under all those layers of clothes, so your body is losing more liquid than you may realize.

Winter Sports Safety Quiz
Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of these people may be showing symptoms of hypothermia?

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The correct answer is: If a ski buddy begins stumbling around and seems confused or dazed, he may be showing signs of hypothermia. When your core body temperature begins dropping, your body can no longer maintain vital life functions. If you or a friend starts exhibiting symptoms like this, seek medical attention immediately.

Winter Sports Safety Quiz
Question 4 of 20 Correct

What's the best time to exercise outdoors in the winter?

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The correct answer is: Ignore what you know about exercising in the summer. When you work out in the winter, take advantage of the warmest part of the day, the afternoon.

Winter Sports Safety Quiz
Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which fabric should you avoid wearing when exercising outdoors in the winter?

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The correct answer is: Cotton traps the moisture from your sweat, which can actually make you colder. Look for fabrics such as polypropylene or Lycra. Both wick moisture away from your body to keep your temperature more balanced.

Winter Sports Safety Quiz
Question 6 of 20 Correct

When are you most likely to sustain a winter sports injury?

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The correct answer is: Many winter sports injuries occur at the end of the day when you may be pushing past fatigue to do one more run down the slopes. Don't ruin tomorrow's fun: Go ahead and pack it in when you're tired.

Winter Sports Safety Quiz
Question 7 of 20 Correct

Improving your muscle endurance will help you prevent injuries while skiing. Which of these exercises is best for improving muscle endurance?

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The correct answer is: Resistance training can help you build muscle endurance and increase muscle stabilization. Both of these are essential for maintaining balance and preventing injuries while skiing.

Winter Sports Safety Quiz
Question 8 of 20 Correct

When skiing, your ankles are protected by a rigid ski boot. However, the boots don't always prevent injury. Which of these exercises can strengthen your ankles and help you avoid injury?

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The correct answer is: Calf-raises are one way to strengthen your ankles and prevent injury. Squats and step-ups can help, too.

Winter Sports Safety Quiz
Question 9 of 20 Correct

When should you stretch your muscles in cold weather?

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The correct answer is: In cold temperatures, your muscles are less flexible and more prone to injury. Stretch and warm up before you begin exercising or playing sports.

Winter Sports Safety Quiz
Question 10 of 20 Correct

Why should you spend five to 10 minutes outdoors before beginning activity in cold weather?

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The correct answer is: Your body needs five to 10 minutes to acclimate to lower temperatures before you begin exercising in earnest. If you're planning to run, walk for the first few minutes so your body has time to adjust. And don't forget to stretch.

Winter Sports Safety Quiz
Question 11 of 20 Correct

Why should you wear a hat and scarf while playing winter sports?

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The correct answer is: While it's a myth that people lose body heat through their heads, you should still bundle up when you're playing winter sports. A hat and scarf will keep you warm during the cold winter months.

Winter Sports Safety Quiz
Question 12 of 20 Correct

Shivering is…

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The correct answer is: Ch-ch-chattering teeth and trembling are signs that your body is trying to warm up. Step indoors for a few minutes to regulate your body temperature.

Winter Sports Safety Quiz
Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: You need sunscreen in the winter, just as you do in the summer.

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The correct answer is: The winter season's no reason to skip the SPF. While the sun's ultraviolet light may be weaker in the winter, it can still damage your skin. In fact, UV light reflects off snow four times more intensely than it does off sand. And in high elevations, the reflection and strength of the rays are even stronger.

Winter Sports Safety Quiz
Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of these pieces of summer sports gear is also critical in the winter?

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The correct answer is: Break out your UV-protective eyewear when you hit the slopes. Light reflecting off the snow can do real damage to your eyes if they are left unprotected.

Winter Sports Safety Quiz
Question 15 of 20 Correct

Avoid exercising outdoors when the wind-chill factor is…

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The correct answer is: As the mercury drops below 15 degrees F, your risk for frostbite and hypothermia creeps up. You're better off opting for an indoor calorie-burning activity on these very cold days.

Winter Sports Safety Quiz
Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of these people should check with her doctor before exercising outdoors in the winter?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. If you've had heart problems of any kind, it's a good idea to talk with your doctor before taking up a winter sport. Cold weather constricts blood vessels, reducing blood flow and making the heart work harder.

Winter Sports Safety Quiz
Question 17 of 20 Correct

Inhaling very cold air while you're running or exerting yourself outdoors can cause a sharp stinging in your lungs. What can you do to reduce that feeling?

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The correct answer is: Place a scarf over your mouth and nose when you breathe. The scarf will help warm the cold, dry air before it hits your bronchial passages, which helps reduce irritation and stinging.

Winter Sports Safety Quiz
Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: No need to buy a special helmet for skiing. A bike helmet will suffice.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Different sports require different helmets. It's important that your skiing helmet has vents, doesn't block your vision or hearing and fits snugly to protect your head. The staff at most ski stores are trained to find the perfect fit for you.

Winter Sports Safety Quiz
Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of these is the most treacherous place to walk or jog when it's icy and snowy outside?

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The correct answer is: The most treacherous place to walk or jog when it's icy and snowy outside is the side of the road. Plows pile up snow and ice on the sidewalks, impairing pedestrian stability. Also, poor visibility and slippery roads can make you vulnerable to being hit by a car. Take extra caution when exercising along roadways during the winter.

Winter Sports Safety Quiz
Question 20 of 20 Correct

When exercising on a windy winter day, you'll use more energy if you…

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The correct answer is: Much like an airplane flying into the jet stream, walking or jogging into the wind will require more energy, as your body resists the force of the oncoming wind. When nearing the end of your workout, walk with the wind to help wind down.

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