Physical activity for children is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer. Precautions are just as necessary to safety when participating in winter sports as they are when enjoying summer activities.
Here are a few tips:
- Sunscreen. Even though it’s cold outside, it’s important to remember that sun reflects off of snow and ice. Use sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 on all exposed skin and don’t forget the SPF lip balm and protective eyewear.
- Layer. Regulating body temperature is more difficult for younger children. Layer clothes (preferably moisture wicking) that are sport appropriate. Watch out for items, like long scarves and cords that can catch in sleds or block vision.
- Always wear protective gear, like helmets, when sledding, snow boarding, skiing and playing ice hockey.
- Follow safety guidelines. For example, don’t load up a sled with multiple riders, check out the environment for obstacles like trees and rocks and hills that may run down to a frozen pond when sledding.
- Equipment. Have all equipment fitted by a professional and make sure it is sized right. Check all used equipment thoroughly before purchasing or renting to make sure it is in good working order.
- Assess Skills. Maybe take a lesson or two before attempting a new activity. Start slow and let them work their way up to the more difficult course of a ski slope.