Women over 40 are injured during the winter holidays

Women over 40 are injured during the winter holidays

While young boys and men go too fast on alpine slopes, middle-aged women hurt themselves when they stop too slowly on cross-country skiing slopes, the insurance company warns in a press release.

Austria, Switzerland and Germany have the highest injury statistics from January to March, the typical months for skiing holidays. But Norway tops the list of victims. And middle-aged women and young men and women are particularly vulnerable to injuries while skiing during the winter holidays, the insurance company said.

Advice for those who are going to stand or ski during the winter holidays

  1. Don't overestimate your own abilities or take unnecessary chances, especially at high speeds.
  2. Remember that too low a speed also means more danger, because the skis are more difficult to maneuver.
  3. Off-piste driving poses a greater risk of serious injury. Follow the rules and take care of your safety.
  4. Don't combine skiing with alcohol. This increases the risk of accidents – and reduces compensation.
  5. Strength training strengthens both the skeleton, muscles and joints and helps prevent injuries.
  6. Travel insurance It offers you expedited medical treatment, modified return journey with special transport and delayed luggage on ski holidays abroad.
  7. Accident insurance Covers treatment after injury, provides compensation in case of permanent damage.

(Source: If)

Careful women hurt themselves cross-country skiing

Insurance company statistics show that the risk of injury is highest between the ages of 40 and 50. But women between the ages of 50 and 55 are at twice the risk of men of the same age, senior communications consultant Ellen Paulson said in a press release.

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– Women between the ages of 40 and 60 injure themselves more often in cross-country skiing than others, and they tend to be more careful. Usually fall forward, injuring themselves while plowing downhill. Many report that they anxiously drove too slowly and then lost control of their skis. Paulson says many people don't think about the fact that skis are very difficult to maneuver at slow speeds

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The classic injuries are wrist fractures and upper arm fractures, which occur when fallers try to brace themselves while landing.

– For beginners in cross-country skiing, we see that they are unable to slow down and get injured when they fall or lie down. Typical injuries are twisting injuries, and hip and femoral neck injuries.

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Ellen Paulson, senior communications consultant, if. Photo: If non-life insurance

Fast boys and men hurt themselves in the slalom hill

Statistics from IF reveal that young boys and men are at a higher risk of injury during the winter holidays. Boys between the ages of 15 and 20 are three times more likely to be injured than girls of the same age.

– Young people often take more risks than they are capable of, and this is often a question of speed. Therefore, serious injuries such as ugly fractures of the arms, legs and back occur quickly. We also see that most men under the age of 30 get injured by mistaking it for jumping or running. Here too we see fractures, torsional trauma etc. at many places. The most serious injuries often occur when driving outside prepared tracks, known as off-piste driving, the communications consultant says.

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– Looking at injury statistics, it's tempting to ask young boys and men to slow down, while women have to give a little. After a certain age, both women and men realize that their bodies are not as fit and flexible as they used to be. Strength training is good for prevention, but it's better not to fully warm up when you need to demonstrate skills from the glory days, he adds.

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