As winter sports are gaining in popularity, young children are hitting the slopes to learn skiing and snowboarding. However, not every young child may be prepared for the experience. Your child's age, strength, and ability to cooperate are a few factors to consider. Qualified instructors can often help parents determine if their child is ready for these sports. Most resorts begin ski school at 4 years old. Although snowboards are made for children as young as 4 years, some resorts will not teach snowboarding to children younger than 7 years.
With the growing popularity of skiing and snowboarding comes a greater number of injuries. However, the risk of injury can be reduced.
The following is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about how to prevent skiing and snowboarding injuries. Also included is a list of common injuries.
Because skiing and snowboarding involve rapid speeds, serious injuries can occur. Although...