Gear Up Properly for Safe Winter Sports
Safe Kids Kansas offers safety tips
More than a quarter million children are injured each year while participating in winter sports in the United States. Safe Kids Kansas offers a few simple precautions to make sure that your children are safe in their winter wonderland: kids need to be dressed appropriately, take lessons, be actively supervised and stick to safe terrain. For many winter activities, protective headgear is also recommended.
Roughly 3,000 kids a year suffer serious head injuries (brain injuries) from sledding. "Kids under 12 should wear a helmet while sledding," says Jan Stegelman, Safe Kids Kansas coordinator, citing a position statement by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. "Never go down a hill headfirst