If you’re like us, you’ve got plans for at least one ski vacation this season. But, if you’re a little rusty or learning to ski this year, there are some things to understand. Especially when it comes to people who are prone to leg injuries, or who have had past leg or knee injuries, it’s important to prepare accordingly. Keep reading to learn how to prevent injuries while skiing this year.
Common Ski Injuries
Knee sprains are common injuries you may experience after a fall while snow skiing. The knees are actually the most affected body part when it comes to skiing, so if you have a past injury, wearing a knee brace is a good idea.
MCL (medial collateral ligament) tears are very common when it comes to skiing, too. In fact, MCL tears are currently the most common injury that occurs from skiing. The MCL is more at risk in a beginner or intermediate skier. This is because the MCL can tear during a poorly executed “snowplow stop,” which when the ski tips are pointing toward each other as the skier tries to stop, but ends up falling instead. More advanced skiers stop with their skis parallel, which protects the MCL more.
ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears are also quite common ski injuries, though they come from other moves on the mountain. ACL tears can occur when you try to land a jump, and do so with poor form. Essentially, if you land with your weight back (which is not ideal), the force from the land can tear your ACL. Learn how to jump, land, and fall properly to avoid an injury on the slopes.
Preventing An Injury
Don’t push yourself too hard, and stay on trails that you feel comfortable on. Don’t go down little trails that require sharp handling and hard turns around trees if you’re not in complete control.
Make sure your body is ready for the strain that comes from skiing. Aerobic training and ensuring that your leg and core muscles are strong will help you have a fun, and safe, day on the slopes.
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