Ski and snowboard safely

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Ski and snowboard safely

One of the issues that comes up frequently in the wintertime is, I want to take my kid skiing or snowboarding. What do I need to do to keep them safe? First of all, understand a couple things. Let's take snowboarding. As it turns out, snowboarding is very, very safe. There is very little equipment that you actually need. Snowboarding is an easy fit and bindings are not an issue. The issue about snowboarding is that almost all the injuries involved the upper extremities, specifically, the wrist. As it turns out, 93 percent of all fractures in snowboarding are the non-dominant wrist. In order to keep your child safe, simply wear a wrist brace on their non-dominant side. You'll cut down the rate of injury dramatically. When it comes to skiing, bindings are everything. Years ago, bindings were very primitive. Broken tibias or broken legs were really what was happening with skiers. As the binding changed, especially when it came to front-release and rear-release bindings. Interestingly enough, we no longer have fractures of the tibia, but now we have torn ligaments in the knees, specifically, the ACL. Modern bindings, which are side-release bindings really have cut down on injury dramatically. There are a few things to take advantage of when skiing, but take advantage of the new . Get good bindings on the skis for your kids and you will prevent injury.

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Thomas Grogan, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Grogan is a practicing pediatric orthopedist in Santa Monica, California. He has seen over 40,000 patients in his practice alone. Dr. Grogan graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Biology and received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  Dr. Grogan’s orthopedic training has included an orthopedic residency at UCLA plus several orthopedic fellowships in pediatric orthopedics, trauma, and NIH sponsored joint replacement surgery. Following his orthopedic training he returned to Los Angeles, spending six years at Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children, including serving as Assistant Chief in 1996 and 1997. In addition to his clinical practice, he spent several years involved in managed care consulting as an orthopedic surgeon and has developed special expertise in this area. He has collaborated with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in the development of a handbook and audiotape entitled, Health Care Reform and Managed Care: A Guidebook for Orthopedic Surgeons. In addition, he has served as the lead faculty member for the AAOS for their 1995, 12 city educational seminar, “Taking Charge: Managed Care Contracting for Orthopaedic Surgeons” and as a faculty member for the AAOS’s 1996 seminar series entitled, “Winning at Risk: The Interplay of Cost, Quality, and Access in Orthopaedic Practice”.  He most recently served as a faculty member for the AAOS’s 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 seminars, “Practice Management Symposium for Practicing Orthopaedic Surgeons’. He is currently chairman of the Practice Management Committee for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of their Council on Education. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, Honor Medical Society, the Sigma XI Scientific Research Society, California Orthopaedic Association (COA), the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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