*Cold muscles, tendons and ligaments are more susceptible to injury. Do some light exercise for at least 3 to 5 minutes, then slowly and gently stretch the muscles to be exercised, holding each stretch for at least 30 seconds
*Do not try to imitate stunts seen in televised events. The people in those events – even the X Games, which appear to be less formal than events like the Olympics – are professional athletes with years of training. If you have children who watch these events, make sure that they understand this.
*Never participate in extreme sports alone. Many extreme sports enthusiasts have a coach or responsible party overseeing any activity. Have a partner who can assist you or go for help if you get injured.
*Wear appropriate protective gear, including goggles, helmets, gloves and padding, and make sure equipment is in good working order and used properly.
*Take frequent water breaks to prevent dehydration and overheating.
*Avoid participating in any sport when experiencing pain or exhaustion.
*For warmth and protection, wear several layers of light, loose and water- and wind-resistant clothing. Layering allows you add and remove clothing to accommodate your body’s constantly changing temperature when outside or in a cold environment such as an indoor ice rink.
*Wear proper footwear that provides warmth and dryness, as well as ample ankle support.
*When falling, try to fall on your side or buttocks. Roll over naturally, turning your head in the direction of the roll.
*Pay attention to warnings about upcoming storms and severe drops in temperature to ensure safety.