Sarah Ford | January 6, 2015

Staying Safe During Outdoor Winter Activities

For many children, winter is an exciting time to get outdoors and go ice skating, skiing, or even sledding. However, winter sports and recreational activities can also expose children to potential safety hazards. 

According to Children’s National Health System’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialist Megan Young, MD, sprains and fractures of the ankle and wrist are the most common injuries related to winter sports. In fact, last winter Children’s National treated 99 children with ankle and/or wrist fractures.

It can be difficult to gauge the severity of an extremity injury, but here are the differentiating signs of a minor injury such as a sprain or strain and a more severe fracture:  

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