With slippery and uneven terrain all around us for most of the winter, it’s important to be aware of the many risks that might follow a slip or a fall. Better yet, try to Avoid Falls and then also avoid costly & painful injuries altogether.

Top Strategies for avoiding falls when walking on ice:

  • · Don’t over stride – take shorter steps
  • · Bend knees slightly the whole time you are walking
  • · “Penguin Shuffle” your feet keeping them with in you base of support
  • · Check surrounding before getting out of a vehicle, grip onto something until proper footing is achieved
  • · Wear winter footwear with good traction if possible
  • · Try ice grippers/traction cleats
  • · Slow down
  • · Keep your hands out of your pockets
  • · Allow more travel time (driving & walking)
  • · Avoid carrying heavy, awkward items on ice (or get help by using a buddy)

What could happen if you “do” fall:

As most individuals try to catch themselves during a fall this usually means a twist or turn in the wrong direction followed by an impact on a hard surface.

Many injuries caused from slipping on ice are:

  • Back, neck and shoulder injuries
  • Dislocations
  • Muscle strains
  • Fractures
  • Concussions

Concussions can even arise even if your head has not made contact with anything. A quick and sudden change in direction or landing on your butt can be enough to cause concussion symptoms. Concussions present differently in each of us, but listed below are a few of the main symptoms to keep watch for:

  • Headache/pressure in the head
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Dizziness/ Balance problems
  • Sensitivity to Light or Noise
  • Double/blurry vision
  • Feeling sluggish or Hazy
  • Feeling more emotional, irritable, sad nervous or anxious
  • Confusion

If you don’t feel right after a fall, whether it be muscle soreness, constant headaches, difficulty remembering or a deep ache that persists after bruising something, ensure you let someone know what happened and follow up with your most trusted practitioner.