Staying safe during spring activities

Apr 14, 2023, 5:20 PM | Updated: 6:07 pm

UTAH COUNTY, Utah — After months of snow, most of us are ready to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Whether you’re playing a sport or hitting the trails – Intermountain Health says it’s important to ease into it.

There’s something about the long overdue sunshine and getting outside that Deb Yokshas and her friends love.

“Getting the sun, getting fresh air, seeing nature, it’s just really healthy for me,” Yokshas said.

But as she and her friends made their way on the trail, they also took a lot of precautions which they know are important, as each of them is a member of the Utah County Sheriff Search and Rescue team.

“Be aware that it might be summer down here but it’s still very much winter in the mountains,” team member Scott Bergendorf said.

They checked the avalanche forecast before the hike and then prepared for the elements. They also prepared by bringing the right shoes, layers, a headlamp, a first aid kit, hiking poles, and water.

Pair of Utah national park pilot programs returning in 2023

“A lot of people will carry their water in their backpack but if you have it accessible and drink it as you go you are going to feel better as you are hiking,” Yokshas said.

Dr. Stessie Zimmerman, a pediatric sports medicine physician with Intermountain Health said it’s important to not get too adventurous too fast.

“We can get a little overzealous so that’s when we tend to see some muscular strains or tendon issues because we try to go too hard too fast,” Zimmerman said.

Not only is a gradual increase important but so is keeping in mind the long winter we’ve had which can lead to different trail conditions.

“Keep your dogs on a leash, keep your kids away from the rivers. They are going to be higher and even though we have been on these hikes a hundred times it’s going to be different,” Kristin Riggs, another team member recommended.

Riggs said no matter what the elements are, if you are prepared, get outside.

“If it’s cold dress warm, if it’s hot take a lot of water and find shade, but always get out,” Riggs said.

The Trails Foundation of Northern Utah said that it’s important to check if the trail is too muddy. If it is, they say not only are you are higher risk of injury but also you are damaging the trail.

KSL 5 TV Live

Your Life Your Health

On the one-year anniversary of his heart attack, Morgan Daines and Dr. O'Neal rode up Wolf Creek Pa...

Emma Benson

Don’t wait: heart attack rapid response saves life of Utah dad

If you or a loved one were to experience a heart attack, time becomes a matter of life or death. KSL's Emma Benson shows us how a collaborative program at Intermountain Medical Center saved the life of an otherwise healthy patient.

6 days ago

Holiday dinner...

Emma Benson

Food prep tips to prepare that Thanksgiving feast safely

It's almost time to gobble up that delicious, long-awaited meal. Before you throw that turkey in the oven, there are some things you need to know. 

15 days ago

Therapist talks to dancer...

Emma Benson

Dancers always aware of potential for injuries

It's an art form and a sport that’s beautiful to watch. But dance doesn’t come without risk of injury.  

20 days ago

Debra Eaton rolling out in a wheelchair after having her surgery....

Emma Benson

Davis County woman who nearly lost foot urges other diabetics to monitor health

A 7th-grade teacher is hoping her experience of almost losing her leg to diabetes will urge others to take care of their health.

27 days ago

(KSL TV)...

Dan Rascon

A newborn screening test could be all difference between life and death

A newborn screening test in Utah could be the difference between life and death.

1 month ago

K9 Lifeline in Draper (KSL TV)...

Ken Fall

Have you taken the time off you deserve? Your healthy self wants you to

Each year nearly half of American workers don't take all their paid time off. And that's generally not a good idea.

1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

Staying safe during spring activities