How to avoid common leg injuries on the slopes

October 31, 2014

Skiing is great fun and exercise, but there is a risk of some common ski injuries. Keep it fun and safe by protecting yourself from injuries to vulnerable areas.

How to avoid common leg injuries on the slopes

Get professional training

If you are stepping onto skis for the first time, you can benefit greatly from receiving training from an experienced instructor.

  • With years of skiing under their belts, professional instructors can teach you proper form and technique.
  • This can greatly reduce the stress to your muscles and joints, and it can be a way to prevent common ski injuries to your calf, knee or other common injury points.

Purchase or rent the proper equipment

Advancements in ski equipment have come a long way, and newer equipment does have a better track record when it comes to injury prevention.

  • Be wary of bargain brands since cheap skis, helmets and ski boots can mean lesser quality and lesser safety.
  • It is also important that boots be properly bound. If you are not sure if the bindings are adjusted correctly, you can visit local ski equipment stores for advice or you can ask a trained instructor.
  • Renting your equipment is not recommended, since you won’t have the ability to ensure the equipment will meet your exact needs, but if you are unable to purchase equipment from any of your local ski equipment stores, make sure all rental equipment looks as though it is well taken care of.
  • Report any signs of damage or wear to the employees providing the rental, and make sure all boots feel comfortable yet snug.

Know your limitations

If you are only a beginner, you should not try skiing the toughest slopes on the mountain.

  • Inexperience can lead to falls or collisions with trees, bushes and other obstacles.
  • You can also cause other skiers to crash, which is an added danger.
  • While on the mountain, if you are feeling overly tired, taking a quick break can do a lot of good.
  • Trying to over-exert yourself can lead to improper form and control.

What to do if you have been injured

If you have fallen and hurt yourself, or if you experience pain while still on your skis, do not continue.

  • Typically all ski resorts will have some sort of medical crew or first aid available, and they can make an immediate analysis of your injuries.
  • Although rare, some ski injuries may require a trip to the local hospital.
  • If your injury is severe, it is wise to keep your physician updated.
  • Common ski injuries include calf muscle tears, knee ligament injuries, wrist fractures and more.

The risks may be prevalent in this sport, but taking the proper precautions can make a big difference in the amount and severity of injuries that you receive, if any.

With these tips in mind, you can have fun and stay safe while enjoying your time on the slopes.

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