Skiers get hurt for reasons that could be diminished before they ever hit the slopes. If you don't want to "hit" the slopes, follow the advice above and I'll see you smiling, cruising down the mountain.
It starts early in life in Pop Warner, AYSO and Little League. Athletes are taught to ignore pain, be stoic and not jeopardize their chance to play. Long-term health is an abstract concern, off the radar. Playing the next play becomes everything.
RG3's injury is serious -- his recovery formidable and full of uncertainty. What will his teammates do to support him? What will coaches and management do to get better? How will the culture of the organization evolve? That's where we'll learn what this team is made of.
As snow sport enthusiasts invade ski resorts this winter, two to three in every 1,000 ski visits and nearly seven snowboard visits will result in an injury. Fortunately, most ski and snowboarding injuries are not serious or life threatening.