Falling snow is gorgeous and enchanting. It’s also extremely fun to play in. If you’re like a lot of snow-lovers, skiing is at the top of your “fun things to do this season” list. Skiing is not only fun, it’s also great for your health. Getting out in the sunshine and fresh air on a crisp, snowy morning will help you feel healthy and invigorated. Plus, the calorie burn you’ll get from the physical exertion will keep you fit – even after indulging in some of your favorite holiday foods. But with all fun things comes some risk of injury. How can you prevent the most common skiing injuries?
How to Prevent the Most Common Skiing Injuries
It’s inevitable – skiing injuries will happen from time to time. Here are some of the most common injuries and what you can do to prevent them.
1. Head Injuries
According to recent statistics, this type of injury makes up 10% to 20% of all injuries related to skiing or snowboarding. This type of injury is usually caused by a fall or by high-speed impact with a tree, building, or vehicle.
How to prevent this injury: Wear a helmet – always! Make sure to stick to well-traveled ski routes and avoid skiing beyond your skill level.
2. Knee Injuries
The stance you take while skiing makes the knees especially vulnerable to injury. Skiers have experienced the following injuries:
- Knee dislocation
- Damage to ligaments in the knee
- Patella dislocation.
How to prevent this injury: If you have known knee issues get them check first. A Chiropractor can set you up with a good rehabilitation plan to strengthen your leg muscles prior to skiing and reduce your chances of injury.
3. Shoulder Injuries
Shoulder injuries include a torn rotator cuff, shoulder dislocation, and a fractured clavicle. Typically, these injuries occur when a person tries to catch themselves while falling. Hitting the ground with their outstretched arms puts pressure on the bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments within the shoulder area.
How to prevent this injury: Skiing appropriate to your skiing skill level is always a good start to reducing any injury on the hill. Include a good warm up and stay mindfull of your environment is also a good plan.
4. Twisted Ankle
If you hook a tip or something in the snow grabs your skis while you’re barreling down the mountain, you’ll likely end up with a twisted ankle.
How to prevent this injury: There’s not much you can do to prevent something from grabbing your skis. Your best bet is to ski with a partner but keep a good distance from each other, too. Also, monitor your surroundings and watch for rocks, rough patches, or anything that could grab your skis.
Make an Appointment with Your Chiropractor If You have a Skiing Injury
Fortunately, if you do sustain an injury, an appointment to your chiropractic office can help. You can receive treatments for a soft tissue injury, muscle strains, and more.
Chiropractic treatments range from spinal adjustments and massage therapy to laser therapy and shockwave therapy.
Your chiropractor will determine which treatment fits your injury and will take into account pre-existing injuries to ensure optimal treatment and results.
If you experience an injury while skiing, don’t try to wait it out at home. See your chiropractor and start treatment as soon as possible. Doing so will save you a lot of time and money down the road, and relieve your pain right away.
Stay Active during the Winter Months – But Stay Safe, Too!
Beautiful, glorious snow – it was made to be enjoyed. So make sure you make the time to go out and play in the snow this winter. Go skiing and snowboarding, take your spouse on a cross-country ski date, have fun sledding with the kids. Take advantage of everything winter has to offer.
And make sure to take the necessary precautions to keep you and your loved ones safe and sound. Injuries can happen at any time, but with a little preparation you can prevent them.
Remember, too, that your chiropractor is always here for you if you do sustain an injury. We want to make sure you heal quickly so you can go back out and have as many fun snow days this winter as possible.
Are you interested in learning more about skiing injury prevention or treatment? Contact us today to schedule a consultation. We’re happy to answer all of your questions and will create a custom treatment plan that fits your unique needs.