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Tobogganing Safely

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If you are going to survive the long and cold months of winter, you need to play outside. Tobogganing, skiing, snowboarding and skating are just a few of the great winter sports that will keep you and your children active and help the winter months fly by!   I was saddened to read the article in Today’s Parent indicating that some cities are considering the ban of tobogganing on city slopes although I understand why there is concern. Did you realize there is a higher rate of injury when tobogganing than skiing and snowboarding? But is cancelling tobogganing the right...

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Tobogganing Helmets

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Tobogganing is a great sport and its one of the few winter activities that is still free for participants (other than the original cost of the sled). But the "fun" of the sport can come with a cost if certain safety measures are not observed! In late December, a 25-year-old man died after a tobogganing incident in Windsor, Ontario. Police said the man had slipped and fallen into a tree during the outing. According to the Canada Safety Council, most sledding injuries are preventable. Guidelines for Safe Tobogganing: Parents please assess the area before your child starts tobogganing. Are there...

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It's Officially Fall!

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It’s officially Fall. So how many of you are counting the days until Spring? Are you planning to cocoon yourself this winter? If you said yes to either of the above, it’s time to re-consider your coping strategy. Winter is inevitable and it can feel incredibly long if you go out of your way to avoid it at all cost. So how about embracing it and finding some winter sports? Believe it or not, you’ll start to like (if not love) winter if you start skating, tobogganing, skiing and/or snowboarding. And there are other benefits of keeping active, most notably,...

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What's Wrong With This Photo?

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There's something missing in this photograph? Even though the kids are obviously happy and it's great to see them outdoors and playing with their friends, the photo represents an accident waiting to happen. Why? Because the kids are not wearing safety helmets. Unfortunately this is typically the norm. Even though helmets are now fairly common on ski slopes, bike trails and skating rinks, the use of them on tobogganing hills is almost non-existent! One of my favourite winter sports as a child was tobogganing. Racing to the top of the snowy hill and then rocketing down at full speed was...

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