Emergency rooms busy treating winter sports injuries - 620 WTMJ

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MILWAUKEE -- Now that we've got a fresh layer of snow on the ground, many people will be hitting the slopes or the ice skating rink. That also means more patients will be making trips to emergency rooms.

"Several sports kind of have a propensity for injuries in the winter, skiing and snowboarding being the most common, but we'll see kids who are sledding or ice skating [get injured] as well," said Dr. Matthew Wichman, a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon with Aurora Health Care.

Any time you participate in a winter sports activity, Dr. Wichman recommends going with a friend or two, in case someone does get hurt.

"Also, layer appropriately for the elements. Be able to undress a bit if it gets too hot, but also be able to bundle up if it gets too cold. And if you're doing any of the higher energy sports, I would definitely recommend wearing a helmet, goggles, and even elbow or wrist pads."

Even people who wear protective gear can get hurt, but usually not as badly as those who don't.