Monday, October 14, 2013
One, two, three--ski
Equipment improvements have cut injuries in half since the 1970s, but about 144,000 ski-related injuries are still recorded each year.
A third of injuries happen to knees, the most common being a sprain of the medial collateral ligament on the inside of the knee--as a result of a slow, twisting fall.
Another third of injuries are to shoulders or arms, because skiiers use these to break falls.
About 20% are to the head, occurring when your head hits a tree or the ground (often sans helmet).
To get ready, you should work on flexibility--stretching hamstrings, quads, hip flexors, calves, glutes, and trunk muscles.
Strengthen using resistance such as sports bands or dumbbells.
Work on balance using balance board squats, physio-ball kneeling, and ski simulation machines.
Build endurance though running, walking, or hiking.
Do all this for at least six weeks before hitting the slopes.
Me, I am hitting the bar. I can hardly walk as it is.