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Common Ski & Snowboard Injuries

December 16, 2016


Skipping the bunny slopes this year? If you’re going to embrace your inner daredevil and take a trip down the mountain this year, be careful that an adrenaline rush is all you get while enjoying your skiing or snowboarding adventure. During these trips, injuries are very common, and Madison PT can help secure you for your winter fun!


Some of the more frequent injuries that occur while skiing is “skier’s thumb”, referring to the joint in the web space of the thumb. The injury occurs from the extreme force that pulls the thumb away from the palm of your hand and is often a result of the skier falling while holding onto the ski pole. Another common injury is found to be located in the meniscus, which is the tissue in the knee cap. As the tissue in the knee cap often weakens in old age due to deterioration, the up and down motion that comes with squatting (such as with skiing and snowboarding) often results with a tear in the meniscus.


Madison PT emphasizes stretching as a major factor in protecting yourself from any injuries with warm-up exercises that can loosen your body and get your muscles relaxed. It is important to get your blood flowing throughout the body before engaging in any exercises and activities. Another way to help avoid any potential injuries is to choose the proper equipment before engaging in a skiing or snowboarding session down the slopes. Our therapists know that picking out equipment is extremely important as it can help keep you safe and protect you from getting hurt.


Did you know that helmets can cut down the risk of head injury by at least 29%. Be sure to pick out one that fastens properly by staying in place when you turn your neck. When skiing or snowboarding, a helmet is a must as head injury can be irreversible. Goggles or sunglasses are also important to protect you from UV light exposure while outdoors and on the slopes. UV rays can be damaging to your sight so it is important to wear eye protection, even if it is an overcast day!


As the weather gets colder and winter finally settles in, enjoy the snow but be sure to stay protected with Madison PT so that you are injury-free and can enjoy the sun when the warm weather comes around!


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