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Stay safe while enjoying outdoor activities

Created: 01/03/2014 11:00 AM WHEC.com

Sledding, skiing and skating might be fun outdoor activities but doctors warn these winter activities pose a significant risk for injury.

There are more than 700,000 sledding-related injuries reported each year -- a third of them are to the head.

Falls and extreme twisting are the most common ailments of skiers and snowboarders and people who take a skate on the ice are most likely to report injuries to the wrist, head and neck.

Experts also say there's one potentially fatal activity that everyone should avoid: skitching. This is when someone holds on to the back bumper of a car and goes for a ride, or they are pulled by ropes or inner tubes.