Get Ready for Snow Skiing with These Tips to Avoid Injuries
There’s nothing like the rush of skiing down a snowy mountain. But with this winter sport comes the potential for major injuries. Beginners and experts alike are all prone to trouble on the slopes.
It’s common to put your arms out to break a fall, but doing so can cause shoulder sprains and dislocations. Fractures in the lower leg and near the shoulder are common too. Keeping your hand outstretched while holding your ski pole can cause skier’s thumb.
Essentially, there’s a lot to prepare for before you head to the ski lodge and go down those slopes. These tips will help you enjoy things more and avoid having to sit out the snowy fun while gazing out from the lodge.
– Check your equipment
It all starts with making sure your equipment is in good condition. Check things out before you head to the slopes. If you’re new to skiing, ask the pros at the ski shop to show you the ropes to ensure you’ve got everything you need.
– Choose ski runs that are suited for your level
If you are a beginner, stick to slopes that match your ability level. Even advanced skiers should take caution though, especially at the start of the skiing season. Start off on an easier slope to warm up and then tackle those more on your level.
– Warm up first
Skiing might seem more leisurely since so many people vacation to these ski resorts. But make no mistake about it…skiing is an intense sport. Warm up before you hit the slopes, and prior to your trip, keep your physical fitness up so your muscles will be ready for all this action. It’s a good idea to train the muscles you’ll be engaging for skiing too so they’ll be less sore.
– Take lessons
For newer skiers, lessons are essential in avoiding injuries. You will learn how to maneuver and all the basics. Even if you’ve skied a little before, it can’t hurt to start the season with another lesson or two to help you improve.
– Learn how to fall
In skiing, you will fall. How you fall makes all the difference. Again, this is where lessons can help. You’ll learn the safe and proper way to do it to reduce injury risk.
– Know what’s safe in your environment
Even the best skiers can run into trouble in the elements. It’s important to stay on marked trails, away from avalanche areas. Icy patches and rocks can also cause hazards so keep an eye out. Skiing with a partner is also important. You can keep tabs on each other and watch for signs of frostbite or hypothermia.
Before you even get out there on those mountain peaks, get in peak physical condition. A personal trainer can help you with that, and at In Your Home Therapy, our personal trainers come to you. Let us help you get ready for skiing this winter!