How to avoid common ski injuries to the knees

November 1, 2014

Knee injuries are the most common type of injury faced by skiers. Read the following tips and information on how you can help prevent them.
Let’s face it – skiing is an exhilarating and great sport for people of all ages, but it can be tough on your body. In fact, the most common ski injuries are to your knees. While there is much debate on the ability of modern equipment to protect your knees, there is evidence that some products can help keep you on the slopes and out of the doctor’s office.

Can ski bindings prevent ACL tears and strains?

Skiing is a way of life for many Canadians and we all know there is a risk of injury every time you put on your ski boots. Problems with lower legs, such as fractures or tears in knee ligaments are all too common. One of the more recent advancements involves ski bindings. A product called KneeBindings is designed to help protect your knees from devastating injuries. Here's how:

  • This product features a heel piece with a sideways release that is designed to reduce strains and tears to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
  • More traditional ski bindings have only a vertical or forward heel release
  • Features carbon fibre blended components that increase stiffness and maximize responsiveness
  • Made from highly durable, lightweight components that provide excellent energy transfer

The debate continues on the effectiveness of these bindings in preventing common knee injuries like ACL tears. Your best bet is to do your homework by reading reviews and finding people who use these bindings. It’s always wise to speak with your local ski equipment retailer to discuss your options.

Should I use a knee brace?

Proper technique, knee strength and balance will go a long way to preventing knee injuries. With that being said, knee supports and braces are commonly used for both protecting an existing knee injury and preventing other injuries from occurring. If you have an old or current injury, chances are you will be advised to wear a brace to help prevent further damage. For people that don’t have injuries, braces and supports might help with the following:

  • Reduced amount of lateral and rotational movement
  • Added warmth, which will increase your flexibility and reduce the chance of injury
  • Increased confidence, which will help you get the most out of your ski holiday

For many skiers, wearing a brace is a personal preference. When in doubt, seek guidance from a medical professional. There are many options to choose from, including products that help people return to the slopes following a serious knee injury.

Whether you want new bindings, hinged braces, knee pads or other ski equipment to help prevent knee injuries, your local equipment retailer is a good place to start.

How to avoid common ski injuries to the knees
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