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4 Ways To Avoid Skiing and Snowboarding Injuries

Updated: Feb 18, 2020

Injury prevention While Skiing and Snowboarding

So you want to get out there and do what you love on the mountain. Great! Skiing and snowboarding are fun and exhilarating, and they are sports you can enjoy for years if you take care of your body.

But the truth is, injuries happen! From an orthopedic standpoint, skiing is one of our biggest offenders when it comes to major injuries And we know you would much rather be out there taking pow turns or riding through the park, so let's talk about keeping you on the hill and out of our offices.

Dr. Joseph has the following advice for anyone looking to reduce their overall risk for winter sports-related injuries:

1. Always stay in control while skiing or snowboarding

“It’s remarkable how many of our patients tell us, ‘I just kind of got out of control,’” Dr. Joseph said.

Don't be one of these people! Staying in control is crucial.

Once you get out of control, anything can happen. And not only are you putting yourself at risk— but you also risk the safety of other skiers on the mountain.

So make sure you check your speed and don't put yourself in a situation that is beyond your comfort zone if possible.

2. Have an awareness of other people.

“You can tell that some people, even if they’re skiing in control, don’t have an awareness of where other people are on the mountain, even when it’s really crowded,” Dr. Joseph said.

“Some of the worst injuries we see are collisions, either with other people or with fixed objects.”

3. Stretch and stay conditioned

Being in good physical shape can help you avoid injury

It’s important to do pre-season conditioning and then make sure you stay conditioned during the season. Some good exercises for this include stationary biking, yoga and Pilates about 2 to 3 times per week during the season.

As for stretching, make sure you focus on your quads, hamstrings and achilles tendons (from the back of your calf to your heel bone).

4. Wear a helmet

Orthopaedic injuries are often fixable, but brain injuries are not. Wear a helmet!

While orthopedic injuries are often fixable, brain injuries sometimes are not. Head injuries can be hard to recover from, and we have seen many top athletes battle back with difficulty from even minor concussions.

There is really no good excuse to not wear a helmet, so Dr. Joseph advises all skiers and snowboarders to wear helmets on the mountain.

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