When a person thinks about skiing through powdery and pristine snow-covered slopes, the state of Nevada rarely comes to mind. However, the Sierra-Nevada mountain range runs through much of the state making for some great skiing during the winter months. Skiing is an activity enjoyed by thousands of people across the country, but it can also be very dangerous. Spinal cord injuries are some of the most common and most serious types of skiing injuries. Here are a few ways to avoid spinal cord injuries when hitting the slopes this season.
Whether a person is a beginner or an experienced skier, it is important to start out easy. Try easier runs first to perfect technique or learn new movements before stepping up to steeper slopes and harder runs. Get confident in the ability to stop quick or turn before going to more difficult terrain. Also, practice skiing etiquette and skiing in control to be able to stop or dodge other skiers. Give skiers coming downhill the right of way and never rest in another skier’s blind spot.
It may be a good idea to take lessons before hitting the slopes. Skiing lessons will help skiers avoid bad habits while developing technique. Even experienced skiers may want to consider lessons to sharpen skills. Without a doubt, skiing can be exhausting and many injuries occur late in the day due to fatigue. This is why it is important to take frequent breaks and make sure to stay hydrated.
However, things out of a person’s control can sometimes create hazardous conditions on the ski slopes. Skiing accidents can still happen regardless of how skilled or careful a skier is. Whenever Nevada residents suffer spinal cord injuries or any other injury due to the negligence of another party, they have the right to contact a legal representative and pursue a personal injury claim against any party deemed to have been negligent.