Prevent Ski Injuries This Winter
- Posted on: Jan 15 2019
Reduce your risk of ski injuries this winter with an ounce of prevention. If you haven’t planned a ski vacation yet, you better start making calls. Before you know it, spring will be on its way and you’ll have missed your chance. But, if your skis have been gathering dust for a few years, or you’re just skiing for the first time this season, there are some thing you should know to prepare. Spending a little bit of time beforehand can help prevent serious injuries. Keep reading to learn how to prevent ski injuries while on the mountain this year.
Knee sprains are common injuries for skiers. Also, MCL (medial collateral ligament) tears are very common. The MCL can tear in any skier, though this injury is more common in beginner and intermediate skiers. This is because the MCL can tear during a “snowplow stop,” essentially when the ski tips are pointing toward each other when the skier falls. More advanced skiers generall stop with their skis parallel, so the chances of MCL tears go down as you get better.
ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears are also very common ski injuries. ACL tears can occur from poor landings when you go off a jump, catching a rut with your ski and twisting your knee. If you land with your weight back (instead of forward, which is ideal), the force from the land can tear your ACL. Scout your slopes before you go full-bore down the mountain, and prepare for jumps you’re comfortable with.
Make sure your body is prepared for a day of skiing, by hitting the gym. Include aerobic training and make sure your leg and core muscles are strong so that your body can handle a day on the slopes.
Get your skis waxed and tuned up to make sure everything works properly. Make sure your DIN settings are appropriate for your age, weight, and ability level. If anything looks loose, take it to a shop to be repaired or replaced.
Most importantly, if your legs are tired, take a rest. Grab a hot chocolate and relax in the lodge for a few runs. If you’re tired, you’re more likely to make a mistake or let your body get lazy.
Take care of yourself this ski season. If you have other questions about injuries, give us a call at (508) 363-6363 to schedule a consultation.
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