(HealthDay News) — Sports such as skiing, snowboarding and ice skating can sometimes lead to sprains, dislocations and fractures.

In fact, some 200,000 people are treated for winter sports-related injuries every year, says the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

To avoid hurting yourself, the academy suggests:

  • Never engage in a winter sport alone.
  • Keep in shape and warm up sufficiently.
  • Wear appropriate protective gear and layers of water-resistant clothing.
  • Check that equipment is working before use.
  • Take lessons from a qualified instructor.
  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after the sport.
  • Be aware of how to get help if frostbite or hypothermia occur.
  • Pay attention to weather updates and storm warnings.
  • Abide by all rules of the sport.