Monthly Archives: December 2015

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Four Winter Sports to Try

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We know, we know–in New Jersey, sunny days and balmy weather make snow seem awfully far away. But given that it’s an El Nino year, we–and residents in other states affected by the phenomena–might possibly see a sudden snowfall in the next couple of months. And when that happens, you’ll want to be prepared to maximize your winter-wonderland fun. These four new, unusual, or just less common activities are a great way to do just that–plus some are much easier on the joints than skiing or snowboarding.

Fat Biking 

Fat bikes are bikes with wide, “fat” tires sturdy enough for off-roading or trails–even in the snow! Watch this video of a fat bike ride through a snowy forest. You can also check out the social media feed from fat bike enthusiast community Ride Fat Bikes for lots more vines, videos, and images of people out enjoying their fat bikes–though please note that some of the stunts, scenarios etc. you may find on there are not necessarily safe. Oh, and if you want to fat bike sooner, consider trying the beach–Monmouth County is offering reduced prices on beach passes right now!



“A battle of strategy, skills, and snowballs!” is how the official site describes this sport, which is, put simply, a competitive snowball fight. Yukigassen originated in Japan, and while the sport has started to spread globally there aren’t many official leagues or tournaments in the US (except, fittingly, in Alaska), but that doesn’t mean you can’t stage your own, impromptu version. You can find rules, court set-up guidelines, and more online.




Snowshoes aren’t new by any means--historians estimate that people have been using them for 6,000 years. They are, however, enjoying a resurgence in popularity as a safer way to enjoy the great outdoors come winter. It’s beginner and budget friendly, too!




Skibobs or skibike are bike-like bodies attached to skis–check out this to get a visual. When practiced safely, skibobbing can be a great alternative to skiing or snowboarding for those with knee problems.



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Ice-Skating Injuries

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Ice-skating is a cherished part of many winter sports and traditions. Romantic dates, fierce hockey games, figure skating just to name a few. There are lots of reasons to check out the rink. Cold, hard, slippery ice obviously presents some serious risks. Remember to keep the following in mind this winter:


Most Common Injuries

Being aware of some of the more common kinds of ice-based injuries can help you be more cautious and understand when an injury merits immediate medical attention. There are two broad categories of injury to be mindful of: traumatic and overuse injuries.


Traumatic injuries are injuries caused by a single accident. Some of the more common ones include:

  • Sprains and fractures
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • ACL tears
  • Concussion or other head injury
  • Labral tears, particularly in the hip
  • Cuts and lacerations (skates are sharp!)


Overuse injuries are more common for athletes who spend a lot of time on the ice. Repetitive motions and strain place a lot of stress on the anatomy involved. Some of the overuse injuries commonly seen in skaters include:

  • Stress fractures, especially in the feet and spinal vertebrae
  • Shin splints
  • Tendonitis
  • Muscle strains, especially in the hip
  • Bursitis


This is by no means an exhaustive list, but a good place to start when understanding the general risks involved with ice-skating.


Avoiding Injury

Lots of the same tips we recently recommended to skiers and snowboarders apply here. If your ice skate competitively, whether as a figure skater, speed skater, or hockey player, make sure you are in shape before hitting the ice and cross train to mix things up and reduce the kind of repetitive motion and strain that leads to overuse injuries. Stay hydrated so you are alert and aware of your surroundings. Even though it’s cold and you feel like you are not sweating, you’re still using lots of water. Finally, make sure your gear is up to snuff and wear safety gear appropriate to your activity.


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