How to prevent ski injuries
More Irish people are taking to the ski slopes - but too often return home with an injury.
Aidan Woods, head physiotherapist with the Olympic Council of Ireland says the most common injuries in skiing are fractures, followed by bruises and sprains. Good prevention tips include:
• Deal with chronic injuries now; especially chronic knee pain
• Always make sure that you are pain-free when exercising or working to improve your fitness
• Simple gluteal and quadriceps exercises can keep those twinges at bay while on the slopes
• To maximise your time on the slopes, start working on your endurance and fitness. This can include jogging, cycling, hiking or any activities involving the large leg muscles
• 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise on most days of the week is recommended. You can increase the intensity and duration as you get fitter
• A complete training programme for the ski season would include aerobic and anaerobic training, core stability exercises, balance activities, flexibility and weight training. A chartered physiotherapist will be able to advise you on all these components of training
• The benefits of starting such a programme go far beyond the slopes as the general benefits of being fit will improve your overall health status. See iscp.ie for more information.
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