Skiing and Knee Injuries: Tips to Keep You on The Slopes This Winter

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! Ski buffs everywhere just can’t get enough of the fluffy, white stuff. After all, what could be better than spending a glorious day out on the slopes, poles in hand, whooshing down a snow-packed mountain on a pair of skis? But before you head out to the mountains this winter, you’ll want to do everything possible to prevent knee injuries from happening. Falling, colliding, and improperly landing a jump can result in medial collateral ligament (MCL) or anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and sprains, keeping you off the trails for a very long time. If you want to enjoy your favourite winter sport this season, here are some tips to help protect your knees from damage while you’re blazing down the ski slopes. Getting ready for the slopes whether that be skiing or snowboarding Exercise before you ski Regular exercise is not only great for your overall health and fitness, it’s also effective at protecting your knees from injuries. Exercises like circuit training, weight training, and isometric strengthening (in the “downhill position”) will get you ready for the slopes, lessening the chance of damage to your knees. Also, make sure to strengthen your quads and hamstrings. Working out these major muscles will help support susceptible knee ligaments. Looking to make the most out of your training program and avoid skiing-related knee injuries? Get some guidance from a personal trainer or a qualified physiotherapist. Take some lessons Skiing and knee injuries seem to go hand-and- hand. One way to prevent this from happing is to pick up a lesson from a...