Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Don't be a dope on the slope


…The American Association of Neurological Surgeons has some skiing advice.

…Ooo, this can’t be good—they take care of head injuries. We are not talking toddy recipes here.

…If you don slippery pieces of wood and allow gravity to propel you downward, the last thing you may see is tree bark—up close.

….Sonny Bono, Michael Kennedy…even celebrities have met their end on the ski slope.

…Not to snow on your parade, but last year, more than 6,000 people had snowboard problems, more than 5,000 ran afoul of ice or a puck, 4,900 skiing, even 3,000 ice skating.

…Head injuries are the most likely cause of fatalities, and these most often come from snow mobiling and skiing. Snowboarding is moving up, though.

…To avoid the death or paralysis trip, always wear an approved helmet. That means always, 100% of the time.

…Wear appropriate clothing.

…Do not participate if you are tired or have been drinking.

…When the weather is bad, stay inside.

…Drive snowmobiles slowly—and on approved trails.

…Ice skate only in approved areas and even then, check for cracks!

…Ride only on sleds that can be steered and never go head first. Eeek—we used to do the latter all the time as kids.

…HA lived on a corner and the street beside the house was the steepest and best sledding hill in town. She used to hear the grownups out there after the kids went to bed. She thinks they may have been indulging in adult beverages.

…Did they sled down head first…who knows? Probably.

….Still, you would do well to listen to the brain surgeons. This isn’t rocket science.

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