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How can I prevent winter sports injuries?

The best way to prevent a winter sports injury is to be prepared. Importantly, if you have a previous joint injury that hasn’t properly healed, you’re at a higher risk for injury. Strenuous activity on a poorly healed joint can aggravate the injury and lead to long-term damage.

Before you get started with your activity, stretch and warm up your muscles and exercise to get in shape before the season starts. Always wear protective gear like helmets, pads and braces, especially if you’ve had a previous injury. And know your limits—don’t challenge yourself too much or take unnecessary risks.

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