Winter is often reminiscent of magic: trees dressed in white, snow creaks as you walk and dazzling whiteness enhances the winter experience… And all this is expensive winter magic, ideal not only for walking but also winter sports – skating, sledding, snowballing…
But in reality, winter is not such an idyllic season and the magical white blanket brings with it many possible troubles. And dangers lurk even when there is no snow cover at all.
Snow hides potential troubles, but it is not the only one that is dangerous
Beneath each layer of snow lies potential trouble. Due to just one second of carelessness, you can spend the rest of the winter in plaster. Even if you are very careful and cautious, you can slip and fall.
Ice can lead to an awkward fall and in the best case to sprains, and in the worst to dislocation or fracture of bones and ankles or wrists.
Every year when snow falls due to falls and injuries on snow and ice, the number of patients in the departments of orthopedics and traumatology doubles across the country.
In the past few years, the amount of snow cover has decreased and its presence is not the same in all parts of the country – in some regions it happens that the snow does not fall at all. Unfortunately, that does not mean that injuries during the winter days are excluded.
Who is most at risk?
During snow and ice, but also on cold days (those around zero and below), everyone is endangered and anyone can fall and get injured. But still the most endangered are members of the elderly population.
Due to their age, weakened bone structure, disturbed balance center, older people fall more often and most often end up with fractures of the femur, hip or wrist.
Within the elderly population, women are most at risk because they are more susceptible to osteoporosis and their bone structure is more weakened.
Bone fractures in old age are not naive, because the recovery process is longer and more difficult than in younger people. The recovery process can be slowed down due to some chronic disease (diabetes, high blood pressure) that older people usually have. Unfortunately, that is not all, in addition to slowing down the recovery, chronic diseases can lead to other complications, but also new diseases, such as lung infections or emboli. And depending on the previous health condition, falls can be fatal.
Ice rains are common during the winter months and are much more dangerous than snow.
Most falls and injuries during the winter happen during the icy rains, and in order to prevent that, it is best not to leave the house during that period, if you don’t have to.
In case you have to go somewhere, you should be very careful. Move slowly, adhering to the walls of buildings or houses. And when you have nothing to hold on to, it is extremely important that you do not keep your hands in your pockets at all, because you need to maintain balance with your hands. In order to prevent slipping and falling, it is important that you have shoes that do not slip. And if it does fall, it can help if you have gloves on your hands and a hat on your head.
Injuries that occur when falling on ice of this type can be very dangerous, injuries to the head, neck or shoulders and collarbones are common.
Driving a car during icy rains is not recommended at all, because it is very difficult, and sometimes even impossible, to control the car on slippery streets. It can easily start slipping, which can lead to serious traffic accidents.
Winter sports injuries
The joy of winter sports such as skiing, skating or snowboarding cannot be compared to anything.
But often the enthusiasm for these sports leads to the young, but also the older ones forget about the necessary preparation and caution.
Before going to the mountains or before skating, it is very important to be physically ready for what you plan to do.
Skiing and snowboarding require a little better physical fitness, and your joints and muscles should be strong enough to withstand a certain amount of effort. This means that you need to do some physical activity throughout the year, if you plan to do some winter sports during the winter. Also, it is important that you prepare and warm up well before any descent, and stretch after the descent. What you should not ignore is the difficulty of certain trails and if you are not an experienced skier or snowboarder, do not go on the most difficult trails. And it would not be bad to seek advice or instructions from professional instructors.
As for skating, the thing is the same, before starting, it is important to warm up, and after skating, do muscle stretching exercises. If you have no experience with skating, do not try to do pirouettes or any complicated movements. Be relaxed but also careful!
As much as we can anticipate, prevent or mitigate some things, we cannot influence some other things at all. That is why it is important to think in time and provide yourself with a certain security. Because when an injury occurs, the most important thing is to adequately repair and heal the injury. And life insurance gives you that – the opportunity to enjoy the winter without stress and to receive adequate care in the event of an accident.