Four Tips for Preventing Skiing Injuries
Many athletes sustain painful injuries while participating in extreme sports. Skiers, regardless of skill level are susceptible to many different types of orthopedic injuries that can have them off of the slopes for the entire season. The most common injuries sustained while skiing include ACL and MCL tears, fractures in the lower legs, hands and wrists, dislocated or broken shoulders and collar bones, as well as trauma to the head such as a concussion. In order to prevent skiing injuries it is important to make sure that you are geared up with the appropriate equipment, and follow safety regulations on the slopes. It's highly recommended that athletes do not ski alone, that way if one skier sustains an injury, someone else is there to help. To follow are the top four tips for preventing injuries on the slopes this winter.
Preparedness is Prevention
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) urges skiers to follow these four tips while skiing.
- Exercise regularly. Remaining in good shape can help lessen the severity of injuries sustained while skiing. It's important that the first day out on the slopes you take it easy, and build up to more rigorous skiing over time. Remember to listen to your body. According to the AAOS, most skiing injuries happen towards the end of the day, so when you start to feel tired, call it quits.
- Warm up. Studies show that cold muscles are more prone to injury. Before strapping on your skis, do a few jumping jacks and run in place for three to five minutes. For your first few runs down the slopes, go slow to help get your blood flowing.
- Keep hydrated. It's easy to forget to take a break to drink some water while you're skiing but it's imperative skiers drink plenty of water before, during and after skiing to prevent dehydration. Even mild forms of dehydration can impact an athlete's performance.
- Follow safety rules. Every mountain is different, so make sure you're familiar with the safety rules before taking the lift up to the top. Be sure you have ski goggles that you can see properly out of, and that they cut the glare from the sun on the snow. Always be aware of your surrounding and yield to other skiers.
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