Common Travel Injuries and How to Prevent Them February 7, 2018 How to Prevent Sports Injury When Abroad Is your dream holiday a playground of skiing and snowboarding? Or are your holidays filled with lazy swims in the ocean? When we are on holiday, we are more likely to throw caution to the wind and take part in sports that we normally would not at home. Although this can be exciting and Instagram-worthy, these activities carry extra risks that you need to be aware of to prevent injury. Wear Appropriate Gear Whether you decide to jump off waterfalls in Bali or spend a fortnight skiing in the Alps, you should always research the appropriate gear that you may need to prevent injury. Although many tour guides provide this for you, this is not always the case. For instance, on skiing holidays, you may need to take your own protective clothing such as ski goggles, layered clothing, and a ski helmet. Although the resort may provide these for you, they are not usually of the same quality, and leasing these is not often recommended by experienced skiers. Having the right gear will help to prevent a range of common injuries such as concussions, broken limbs and frostbite which can cause long-term joint and knee pain, whilst also allowing you to enjoy your time on the slopes comfortably. If you do get a long- term injury such as knee pain from participating in extreme sports, there a facilities that treat long-term physical injuries with alternatives to surgery such as physical and chiropractic treatment. Follow Safety Guidelines Whether you are highly experienced in the sport you are participating in, or this is your first time having a go, you should always follow safety guidelines. If you are participating in extreme water sports like waterskiing or snorkeling, whilst you may of think of it as a chance to see colorful wildlife and feel the thrills of nature in a safe environment, your activity may also have risks. Safety guidance may be on signs in the area, such as on beaches, where they may have signs telling you when it is safe to enter the water. If you are going on your expedition with a guide, then you should always listen to their instructions- they will know the area better than you and will be experienced in their field. If you do not follow guidelines, you could put yourself and others at risk, and get injuries such as concussions and torn ligaments. Get Training If possible, you should attempt to get training or some experience of your chosen sport before you go. Although it may not be possible to jump off waterfalls in the USA, there are an array of indoor snow zones and swimming pools that you can visit to shape your skills and ensure that you are prepared for the tougher conditions abroad. If you are not trained when you visit, you should ensure that you do not participate in activities that are out of your depth or that you do not feel comfortable, such as the most difficult slopes in skiing and snowboarding.