(HealthDay News) -- Testimony to the increasing popularity of skiing is that more than 131,000 skiing-related injuries were counted during a recent 12-month span, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says.
The academy offers these preventive tips for safer skiing:
Ski with a partner, and stay close enough to keep an eye on each other.
At the start of the day, take the first few runs slowly to allow your body to warm up.
Be on the lookout for icy spots and obstacles, such as rocks.
Only ski on trails that are marked.
Make sure boots and bindings have been properly adjusted and checked out by an accredited ski shop. Remember to check the bindings yourself before you ski.