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Common Ski Injuries & How to Avoid Them

Common Ski Injuries & How to Avoid Them


As the winter months truly set in, it also means the beginning of skiing and snowboarding seasons for winter sports lovers. Whether you are a fully-fledged winter sports fanatic or it’s your first time on a snow holiday, it’s always important to make sure that you are fully prepared before setting off to ensure that you get the most out of your ski holiday.

Preparation for a ski holiday is key and can prove to be extremely beneficial in improving your fitness and energy levels while on the slopes. Whether it’s a few months or only a few weeks in advance, it is never too late to start getting ready for skiing or snowboarding. Inevitably with any sport or activity there is always the risk of injuries. Here are some of the most common ski injuries we see here in the clinic.

Common Ski Injuries

  • The most common joint injured on the slopes is the knee. Ligaments strains or rupture, cartilage damage or both may happen due to an accident on the snow slopes.
  • Wrist and hand injuries due to a fall or the ski pole.
  • Leg or arm fractures.
  • Shoulder dislocation, soft tissue injuries or collar bone fractures are also commonly seen.
  • Spinal cord injuries in more serious cases.
  • Head injuries.

How to Avoid Injuries on the Slopes

  • Try to have a good level of physical fitness when setting off on a ski holiday. These types of holidays can be very physically demanding, and you need to prepare your body for this.
  • Seek advice from your physiotherapist regarding any pre-existing injuries you have before heading off skiing.
  • Complete a warm-up before hitting the slopes. Cold muscles and stiff joints may level you a little more susceptible to injury.
  • Stay hydrated! Dehydration can impede your physical performance and endurance.
  • Ski safe. Stick to a level of skiing and slopes that you are comfortable with and suitable for your ability. Learn how to safely stop and turn. Abide by the safety rules on the slopes.
  • Before hitting the slopes hard, learn how to properly get on and off a ski lift.
  • Wear appropriate protective gear such as goggles and a helmet. Ski helmets should always be worn on the slopes. Furthermore, ensure all your gear fits correctly and bindings are adjusted for your height, weight and skiing ability.

By taking the necessary precautions and preparing your body in advance, there is nothing to hold you back from enjoying your holiday on the slopes. If you do happen to injure yourself, seek the help of a physiotherapist or doctor immediately.

Here at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic, we can advise you on the best exercises to get you fit for skiing and can advise on the best treatment for any skiing injuries if they occur. Contact us here if you have a question or wish to book an appointment with one of our physiotherapists.

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