During this time of the year, Physiotherapists regularly treat patients with skiing and snowboarding related injuries. We see acute injuries including knee ligament injuries, fractures and dislocations, muscle strains, and contusion injuries from direct blows or falls.
Whilst skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyable and healthy activities, unfortunately they can be associated with an injury risk. Some pre-slopes training and adopting a sensible approach on the mountain can help significantly reduce injury rates.
Performing some warm up activities for both the upper and lower body are recommended prior to hitting the slopes. Ideally a warm-up would elevate heart rate and core temperature as well as activating and stretching the correct muscles. Beginning the day with a few easier runs can also be a valuable part of your warm-up.
Appropriate training for snow activities would generally include a combination of cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, strengthening, balance exercises and core activation. Strengthening of the Deep core muscles and Hip muscles is vital prior to your skiing holiday.
As part of an injury prevention strategy, the Physiotherapist at Advanced Physio West can perform personalised musculoskeletal screening and advise you on your training and physical preparation. In the unlucky event that you do sustain an injury on the slopes, a timely and accurate diagnosis and appropriate initial management is the key to maximising recovery.
If you would like more information on Skiing Injuries, or to arrange an appointment with the Physiotherapist at Advanced Physio West in Roscommon or Galway, please phone 090 6626023/ 086 3758169 or book online
Article by Paul Lennon (Physiotherapist)