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X-treme sports warning for enthusiastic adventurers

26 January 2009 11:35

X-treme sports warning for enthusiastic adventurers

Winter sports enthusiasts and children eager to get on the slopes have been warned to take every precaution before attempting extreme sports abroad.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has claimed that popular TV events and computer games have increased participation in x-treme games, such as snow biking, ice climbing and snowboarding.

However, along with having adequate winter sports travel insurance, it advises taking several steps to help prevent injuries from extreme winter sports.

"Kids watch extreme sporting events on television and they think flying through the air on a snowboard looks easy," said orthopaedic surgeon Dr Michael Archdeacon. "They don't see all the practice it takes to do that-and they don't see how often extreme athletes get injured while learning their stunts."

He added that warming up before taking part in order to prevent injury to muscles, tendons and ligaments is essential, along with trying not to copy the extreme moves seen on TV.