Sunday, March 11, 2018

How to prevent falls and injuries on the slopes

There is always an element of risk to skiing and snowboarding, but there are a number of precautions you can take to reduce your chances of injuries that, at the very least, will ruin your holiday.

The best thing to do is to train your body well in advance. Basic exercises like wall squats and sit ups do not cut it, it’s about training your alignment and strength specific to skiing or boarding. This way you use your body efficiently, tire slower and are able to react to unexpected obstacles quicker.

If you do not have time to train yourself before a holiday, there are still measures to take on the slopes. Many of them may seem like common sense, but common sense can go out the window all too easily with that first breath of mountain air. I have noticed a definite pattern to the descriptions patients give of the run up to their injury, if you avoid these common themes hopefully you will enjoy an injury free holiday.

1. Tired, ill or drunk? Don't ski

Skiing and snowboarding are both energetic sports that demand concentration from your body and mind, especially at altitude. If you are not functioning at your best you are more likely to take a tumble.

2. Leave that ‘one last run’

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