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Staying injury-free this Summer

With summer holiday planning in full-force, there’s no better time to review how to keep your summer holiday injury-free with a few tips. As people flock to resorts and theme parks, there are many dangers that could easily be avoided. Some of the most common injuries incurred during the summer vacation season include water sports injuries, swimming injuries and resort-related injuries. Read on for some helpful tips and keep your holidays memorable and injury-free.

Keeping a firm foothold

Did you know there are roughly one million falls treated in emergency rooms each year? Many of these falls result in hip fractures. You can avoid most falls by being cautious around slippery areas such as pools and patio areas that often do not have non-slip surfaces. Showers and tubs are also slippery areas prone for falls. Make sure to use handrails when they’re available and try to keep floors as dry as possible.

And when there’s a party, there’s often food and drink spillage. Look out for dropped food or a drink spilt on the floor when hitting a dance floor, walking through lobbies and club houses.

Cruise ships are another opportunity to trip and fall because they often experience changes in elevation, so be aware of your surroundings and don’t peer over railings or platforms. Opt to stay in your room until storms and choppy waters pass.

Be a good sport

While activities like jet skiing and parasailing may look like an exciting way to take in beach scenery, these activities can be deadly. Florida passed the nation’s first parasailing law which regulates many aspects of its safety however, there are still risks; especially if you’re inexperienced. You can still enjoy these amazing experiences, but do some research beforehand and understand the risks and the warning signs, like bad weather and faulty equipment, to look out for.

Also, while many people know that a life jacket is required when riding in a boat or on a jet ski, the US Coast Guard has also determined that stand up paddle boards require a life jacket. The Coast Guard also recommends testing the buoyancy of your life jacket – by wearing it in shallow water or pool with supervision you can relax your body to see how the life jacket floats you. It’s wise to wear a life jacket even if you’re an experienced swimmer – many ocean swimming-related deaths occur near the shore in calm water.

A somewhat tamer water experience like swimming in a pool or soaking in a hot tub also presents some dangers. Every year, many people return from vacations with pool-related injuries such as diving into shallow pools or hot tubs. Avoid diving into pools if you’re an inexperienced diver and are unfamiliar with the depth of the facility’s pool. Also, many older pools do not have proper drain covers so be sure to be careful swimming near them as swimmers have become entrapped in pool drains and have drowned. This is especially true with young swimmers – there are 10 fatal drownings in this country every day and children aged 1 through 4 are at the greatest risk.

In all cases, drinking in moderation can greatly reduce your risk of injury. Whether you’re on a boat, at the pool or the beach, drinking in excess can impair your judgement and when engaging in water sports of any kind, simply don’t drink — it could save a life.

With a little caution, you and your family can have a lot of fun. Heed some of these helpful tips and make your summer holidays memorable — for all the right reasons.

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by: Hernan Gambertoglio,
Ammos Vacation Rental.
Director and Co-Founder.

Written by admin • October 1, 2018
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