Go for the Gold with Winter Olympics Inspired Safety!

The Olympic torch is about to be lit again! This Friday, the 2018 Winter Olympics kick off in PyeongChang, South Korea, giving thousands of top athletes the chance to show off their skills and go for the gold.

The much-anticipated Olympic Games are held every four years, with the summer and winter Olympics alternating in occurrence every four years, but two years apart. The last round of the games occurred in the summer of 2016 in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. After the 2018 winter games, the next events will take place in the summer of 2020 in Tokyo. The last time the United States hosted was the winter of 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Los Angeles will host in the summer of 2028.

This year’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang will feature dozens of events. They include graceful figure skating, fast-paced speed skating, and thrilling skiing and snowboarding. Many of the events take place on the slopes, while other events, like curling, happen on indoors rinks. It’s a good thing that all of these athletes are used to performing in chilly conditions—the weather in PyeongChang is expected to stay below freezing, making it a competitor for the coldest Olympics games on record.

While the Summer Olympics might be associated with the biggest names, like Michael Phelps, Gabby Douglas, and Simone Biles, there are plenty of Americans to watch in the Winter Olympics. Big names in winter sports include snowboarder Shaun White and skier Lindsey Vonn, but names already gaining attention this year include Adam Rippon, the first openly gay American man to compete in figure skating, and Mikaela Shiffin, who aims to become the first American woman to win three gold medals in alpine skiing.

Whether you’re a casual watcher or an Olympics fanatic, the Olympic Games are always a memorable sporting event. While watching these awesome athletes compete, you might even feel inspired to get off the couch and try your hand at some sports. While Florida’s nice weather and lack of mountains might not be very conducive to winter sports, the Olympics are still the perfect reason to get moving!

If you’re feeling inspired to exercise or try out a new sport, remember to take precautions to avoid a sports-related injury or accident. After all, even Olympic athletes can still get hurt! To stay safe while getting fit, here are some Olympics-worthy tips:

Use the Right Equipment

Make sure that all clothing fits correctly. Poorly fitting shoes could lead to a fall or a twisted ankle, while loose clothing could catch on your surroundings. Plus, no one wants blisters from too-tight shoes! Always wear helmets or padding when needed, like for baseball or a contact sport like football. If your activity requires other equipment, make sure to always use it properly.

Follow the Rules

Whether you’re on the football field or the slopes, proper form is important for injury prevention. Make sure you know all the rules before joining in or using a piece of equipment. Ask questions if you are not sure of something. Particularly in contact sports, proper form and rule-following is incredibly important, as an improper tackle, for example, could lead to broken bones or a concussion.

For an activity like gymnastics, cheerleading, or weightlifting, have a friend or teammate nearby to “spot” you. This means that if something goes wrong, like a slip or equipment malfunction, they will be there to immediately assist you to prevent injury. If you are an adult athlete supervising younger ones, always set a good example by playing by the rules and looking out for others.

Watch out for Weather!

In PyeongChang, the weather is freezing, but this isn’t an issue in Florida! Instead, we’re more likely to deal with dangerous heat. If you are playing an outdoor sport, make sure to stay hydrated (preferably with water!) Avoid playing outside at the hottest hours of the day, if possible. Also watch out for other weather conditions that may arise. If a tennis or basketball court is wet, wait until it is dry. A wet court can lead to slipping and falling.

While these precautions might not give you the agility and grace of a figure skater or the speed of a skier, they will help keep you injury-free. Go Team USA!

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