With the fast speed, undulating ground and the presence of numerous obstacles, snow fields present many risk factors for injury.
Skiing, snowboarding, even tobogganing require high levels of strength, endurance and cardiovascular fitness. Specifically, good muscle strength throughout your thighs, buttocks, calves and hamstrings as well as good trunk control are all necessary to maintain control. Balance is a key factor in injury prevention, allowing you to change direction suddenly, move with the undulating ground and stay in control whilst changing direction.
Studies done on Soccer and AFL football players have found that when the knee collapses in toward the other side, there is an increased risk of injury to the hip and knee. These injuries are often very costly financially and involve large portions of rest from sport and work. Hence, the importance of controlling the body to prevent the knee from going into these positions.
At Back on Track Physiotherapy we believe in injury prevention. A specific fit to ski program designed to increase strength, improve balance exercises and increase cardiovascular endurance can minimise these risks. It’s never too late to start some of these preventative exercises, but obviously the earlier they are incorporated the greater risk reduction you will have.
See your Back on Track Physiotherapist, for an individualised program that will best protect you this winter, whatever your winter sport!