Children's Health and Wellness

Take the Snow Sports Safety Quiz

Downhill skiing and snowboarding are popular winter sports, but they aren't without their risks. Each year, thousands of skiers and snowboard enthusiasts are injured, some seriously, according to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Beginning skiers and snowboarders are at highest risk for injury, but even those who are experienced can run into trouble. Learn more about snow sports injuries and how to prevent them by taking this quiz.

1. The leather boots once used in downhill skiing left the ankle and lower leg vulnerable to fractures. The rigid plastic boots now used protect the ankle and leg, but put what other body part at risk for injury?
A. ThighB. Lower backC. PelvisD. Knee
2. Your upper body also is at risk for injury when you ski. Which upper body part is most likely to be injured?
A. ShoulderB. CollarboneC. ThumbD. A and B
3. What common problem do skiers have with their bindings?
A. The bindings break unexpectedlyB. The binding tension isn't set correctlyC. The bindings jamD. A and B
4. When should you take ski lessons?
A. If you are a beginnerB. If you don't have a friend to teach youC. If you are using new skisD. All of the above
5. Dressing appropriately for the cold cuts the risk for hypothermia. Which other (non-injury) condition are you at risk for when skiing?
A. VertigoB. FrostbiteC. DehydrationD. None of the above
6. What time of day is most dangerous for skiers?
A. DawnB. MorningC. NoonD. Afternoon
7. Which step(s) should you take to avoid injuries on the slopes?
A. Condition your legs before ski seasonB. Have your skis, bindings and boots checked out regularlyC. Take frequent breaks and drink plenty of waterD. All of the above
8. Snowboarders use their boards like surfboards or skateboards, but their feet are attached with non-releasable bindings. Many snowboarding injuries occur when?
A. After a heavy snowfallB. During a person's first attempt at snowboardingC. During snowboarding competitionsD. B and C
9. Which part of the body is most likely to be injured in a snowboarding accident?
A. WristB. ElbowC. ShoulderD. All of the above
10. When should you wear a helmet when snowboarding?
A. When racingB. When learning how to snowboardC. When snowboarding on unmarked trailsD. All of the above
11. Which of these tips should you follow when snowboarding?
A. Don't sit down on the slopes in areas where others may be passing byB. Take frequent breaks so you aren't overcome with fatigueC. Avoid slope areas that are off-limitsD. Attach a security strap to your front footE. All of the above
Print Source: Created for Wellness Library
Online Source: Winter Sports Injury Prevention, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeonshttp://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00062
Online Source: Position Statement, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeonshttp://www.aaos.org/about/papers/position/1152.asp
Online Source: Skiing injuries, American College of Sports Medicinehttp://www.acsm.org/docs/current-comments/skiinginjuries.pdf
Author: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Akin, Louise, RN
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Date Last Reviewed: 9/6/2014