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What are ways to prevent snow-related sports injuries?

The best way to prevent snow sport injuries is to follow the F.I.S. code of conduct, which consists of these 10 guidelines:
  • Respect others. Behave in such a way that you do not endanger others.
  • Ski/snowboard in control, taking into account conditions, ability, and terrain.
  • Choose a safe route. Be aware of all mountain users around you.
  • Leave enough room to allow the person you are overtaking to make an unexpected maneuver.
  • Look both ways. When starting a run, entering a run, or setting off again after a stop to make sure it is safe.
  • Stopping on the piste: avoid stopping in narrow places or where visibility is restricted, and always move to the side of a piste of you have to stop.
  • Climbing and descending on foot: keep to the side of the piste at all times.
  • Obey all signs and makers. They are there for your safety and you should never ski down a closed run
  • At the scene of an accident, it is your duty to assist fellow participants.
  • Should you witness an accident, it is your duty to assist with any relevant information.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Washington State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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