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Preventing Injuries While Skiing This Year

Joint Replacement Show Low AZIf you haven’t planned a ski vacation yet, you better get on it. Before you know it, spring will be here! But, if you’re a little rusty or just skiing for the first time this season, there are some thing you should know to prepare. Spending a little bit of time beforehand can help prevent serious injuries.

Keep reading to learn how to prevent injuries while skiing this year.

Common Injuries

Knee sprains are common injuries you may experience while skiing. Also, MCL (medial collateral ligament) tears are very common. The MCL can tear in any skier, though this injury is more common in beginner and intermediate skiers. This is because the MCL can tear during a “snowplow stop,” when the ski tips are pointing toward each other when the skier falls. More advanced skiers don’t usually stop this way, hence the lower risk of injury.

ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears are also very common ski injuries. ACL tears can occur from poor landings when you go off a jump. Basically, if you land with your weight back (instead of forward, which is ideal), the force from the land can tear your ACL.

Preventing An Injury

Don’t push yourself too hard, and stay on trails that you feel comfortable on. Don’t go down little trails that require hard turns around trees if that doesn’t match your ability level.

Prepare

Make sure your body is ready for the strain that comes from skiing. Including aerobic training and making sure your leg and core muscles are strong will ensure that your body can handle a day on the slopes.

Get your skis waxed and tuned up to make sure everything works as it should. If anything looks out of sorts, take it to a shop to be repaired or replaced. Consider wearing a helmet, as well.

If your legs are tired, rest. Grab a hot chocolate and relax in the chalet for a few runs. If you’re injured, you’re more likely to make a mistake and injure yourself.

Take care of yourself this ski season. If you have other questions about injuries, give us a call at (928) 537-6880 to schedule a consultation.

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