Winter sports such as skating, skiing and snowshoeing are great forms of exercise. But cold temperatures, snow, ice, and fear of injury may discourage some people from getting outside and being active. The following CIHR-supported researchers are available to offer tips on how to enjoy winter sports safely based on the latest scientific evidence.

What are the benefits and challenges of being physically active in winter

Dr. Jane Aubin, Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (Toronto)

Why warming up is important and how it prepares your body for activity

Dr. Phillip Gardiner, University of Manitoba (Winnipeg)

How to protect your skin and prevent frostbite

Dr. Jensen Yeung, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Toronto)

How to reduce the risk of injury for skiers and snowboarders

Dr. Claude Goulet, Université Laval (Quebec City)

How to prevent injuries in youth hockey

Dr. Carolyn Emery, University of Calgary

How to safely introduce young children to winter sports and special considerations for children with arthritis

Dr. Lori Tucker, BC Children's Hospital and Child & Family Research Institute (Vancouver)

Source: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

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