The Kessler Trauma Program from the University of Rochester Medical Center and Bristol Mountain Winter Resort are joining forces to help young skiers and snowboarders avoid injury. The one-day event is being held at Bristol Mountain on Saturday, January 18. Young skiers have the opportunity to participate in a ski or snowboard lesson, in combination withan educational session. In addition, program participants without their own helmet may be eligible to receive a free one.
“Our goal is simple,” says Ray A. McLean, RN, EMT-P Injury Prevention Coordinator at URMC’s Kessler Trauma Center. “We want to reduce the number of head injuries that occur as a result of winter sports. We want to instill good habits while they are young.”
The Center, in partnership with the Injury Free Coalition for Kids at Golisano Children’s Hospital and the Emergency Medicine department at URMC, is providing drop-in trauma injury prevention sessions all day near the Learning Center in Sunset Lodge.
“Kids who learn how to ski or snowboard safely not only have fewer injuries, they have more fun,” says Michael F. Kamali, chair of Emergency Medicine at URMC and member of the Bristol Mountain Ski Patrol.
Bristol Mountain is offering $50 ski and snowboard lessons for children of all ability levels at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 2 p.m. A free beginner class is also scheduled for 5 p.m. as part of the resort’s $75 Family Fun Night Package (family of 3 can ski or snowboard from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.) The lessons are available on a first-come, first-served basis to children ages 4 to 12. Learn to Ski packages are also available for ages 13 and older.
Children and adolescents who complete both the educational session and a lesson are eligible for a free helmet if they do not already own one. Helmets will be given to the first 100 participants in need, based on size and availability.
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