How to avoid and cope with falls and other winter injuries


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Winter activities can bring a lot of joy, but getting around this winter has been challenging.

Minnesotans have seen an above average snowfall this month, but above-average temperatures have also left parts of the state covered in ice from freezing rain and a “January Thaw.”

Minnesotans might expect to deal with the slips and falls associated with the ice and snow, but some injuries can have profound consequences on your health.

MPR News with Angela Davis talks about winter injuries with an orthopedic surgeon and a physical therapist. We’ll learn about the different ways you can hurt yourself this time of year, the negative cycle that can follow your winter injury and what you can do to keep yourself from damaging your body when you venture outside.


  • Dr. Joel Boyd is a TRIA orthopedic surgeon, the head team physician for the Minnesota Wild, the team physician for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football team and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota. He was the former head team physician for the Minnesota Vikings and an Olympic team physician.

    Dr. Boys was the first Black team physician in NHL history when the Wild started in 2000.

  • Matt Neuger is a visiting assistant professor of kinesiology at St. Olaf College and a practicing physical therapist at Park Nicollet and TRIA Physical Therapy.

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