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Avoiding ski or snowboard injuries on Utah's slopes

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) - A lot of people love to ski and snowboard in Utah this time of year, but in the past few days there have been several medical emergencies on the slopes. This week one skier was seriously hurt and another was killed. Doctors and ski paramedics recommend if you want to avoid getting hurt you may need to take a little extra caution.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) - A lot of people love to ski and snowboard in Utah this time of year, but in the past few days there have been several medical emergencies on the slopes.
This week one skier was seriously hurt and another was killed. Doctors and ski paramedics recommend if you want to avoid getting hurt you may need to take a little extra caution.

Skiing or snowboarding through some of Utah's top resorts can be a lot of fun, but it can also very dangerous. Tuesday 65 year old Michael Leone of Florida died after skiing into a tree at Deer Valley Resort. On Monday, at Park City Mountain Resort, Brazilian Olympic skier Lais Souza crashed and suffered a severe spinal cord injury.

Doctor David Petron said he sees how easy skiers and snowboarders can get hurt.

"We see more shoulder dislocations, concussions, wrist injuries, things that you'd expect when you go down on hard pack," said Dr. David Petron, Director of Park City Mountain Resort Ski Injury Clinic.

He said if you're hitting the slopes, it's important to wear protective clothing, but if you want to avoid injury you need to ski or snowboard under control.

"We want everyone to wear a helmet, but that doesn't make you Superman," said Petron.

Snowboarder Nicholas Baker learned his lesson the hard way.

"I was going through the trees actually and hit like a little root that was sticking out and it flipped me forward and I landed on my head and knocked myself out for about 20 seconds. So after that I decided I better play it safe," said Nicholas Baker, snowboarder.

The next time you head out to hit Utah's powder, you may want to too.

Thursday ABC4 Utah is expected to find out more information on the condition of the Brazilian Olympic skier. The Brazilian Olympic Committee is holding a press conference Thursday afternoon.

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