Keep These Injuries In Mind For Your Next Ski Trip!
Well, it’s that time of year again! Winter is in full swing and we bet you’ve already got a few weekends scheduled with warm and cozy excursions into the mountains to hit the slopes for a day of skiing. And while that sounds like the perfect way to experience the magical season of Winter, you always have to be aware of the potential risk for injury that often comes along with the popular winter sport of skiing.
Before we get into some of the most common ski injuries, it is important to note that most people who go on ski trips are often just travelers, families looking for a getaway, and ski enthusiasts – in other words, they’re certainly not professional skiers by any means. And with that said, these injuries are so common that they can happen to anyone, including professional skiers!
Here are some common ski injuries that you should be aware of before hitting the slopes this year!
Believe it or not, skiing equipment is not necessarily conducive to the human body. For instance, the bindings that help to keep your feet attached to each ski are actually not terrific at absorbing any sort of force or shock – meaning that they cause your feet, ankles, and knees to absorb the hard hitting impact of even a modest slip or fall while on the slopes.
And while bindings have come a long way in recent years, the number of knee ligament sprains has actually increased over the last several decades, ultimately leading one to believe that current binding design is still not doing enough to protect skiers from injury.
Common Body Injuries
Moving on to some of the most common injuries that people experience when skiing outside the scope of equipment-related injuries, we can talk about everything from a broken thumb, to a sprained wrist, to a twisted ankle and a broken hip. The fact of the matter is that as long as your body is moving down an incline at a high rate of speed, any slip, stumble, trip, or fall can always result in an injury, either minor or quite traumatic!
However, the key to making it through your next ski trip without a scratch is learning how to fall properly. When you first arrive at your ski destination, consult with the local ski instructor, so that you can be aware of any potentially hazardous areas, and to see if they can help to refresh you on how you should try to fall if you happen to stumble out there on the slopes! Remember, the key to preventing an injury is being aware of how to avoid one!
In the event that you do suffer an injury this winter, Orthopedic Associates in Denver, Colorado is here to help! Throughout our time in business, we’ve seen our fair share of ski injuries and know exactly how to treat even the most severe injury with cutting-edge and innovative orthopedic treatments and technology. With Orthopedic Associates, you’re never alone!