That's about how many people seek medical treatment each year after a skiing or snowboarding mishap, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's latest tally. The injury list includes more skiers than snowboarders because skiing has more participants, but snowboarders are three times more likely to be hurt. Wrist injuries are most common among snowboarders, whereas skiers most often sustain a knee injury, especially to the anterior cruciate ligament. "However, no anatomic location is exempt from the potential for injury," wrote the authors of

, published Jan. 1 in the Journal of the American Academy for Orthopaedic Surgeons. What to do? Make sure your body is conditioned and your equipment well-maintained. Then, stay in control and within your comfort zone on the mountain, both in speed and technical ability. And wear a helmet, always.

— Linda Searing