With the first snowfall just around the corner comes the opportunity to enjoy winter snow sports. Between skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and other winter sports, thousands of people every year are treated for winter-related sports injuries.
Here are some tips to stay safe and maximise your enjoyment this winter:
– Equipment, skis, poles and boots are in well-kept condition, and properly sized for your weight, size and ski level.
– Helmets are properly fitted and checked for damage.
– Bindings are adjusted and tested
It is important for us to prepare before hitting the slopes to reduce the risk of muscle strains and joint sprains. The most common winter injuries we see at the clinic in relation to winter sports are knee sprains, shoulder, head and wrist/thumb injuries. You can go a long way to prevent these with a conditioning program around endurance, strength, flexibility and balance. The fitter you are the less fatigue you will have as well. The majority of accidents happen when people are fatigued.
It is important to know your body’s limits, take lessons and warm up effectively to prevent injury.
Even with the cold weather, it is important to hydrate and take breaks to rest our bodies. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and increase the risk of injury.
Following these simple tips, you can prevent snow sports injuries this winter and enjoy a safe and fun winter.
If you have pre-existing injuries or would like a personalised exercise program call our practice on 9997 4970 or book online with one of our physiotherapists.