Winter Sports Preparation
Prepare for your Winter Sports Season and stay injury free.
What can you do in the gym to prevent injury and get the most out of your trip?
Fatiguing muscles are likely to increase your risk of falls and injury. Strengthening key areas used in Winter Sports will help reduce the risk.
Glutes: this can include a mix of squats, lunges, hip abductor machine, leg press and clams.
Quadriceps: Your quads work eccentrically whilst skiing, step-downs off a step, with or without a weight will help build up eccentric quad strength. You can also do squats, leg press and knee extensions. Try to avoid wall squats since this will encourage you to weight bear on your heels making you more off balanced on your skis/ board.
- Cardiovascular system
It is important to take breaks throughout a day of skiing. Working on your endurance will ensure that you can safely get the most out of your ski trip. This can be done with interval training on a treadmill or bike.
- Proprioceptive System
Proprioception is a joint sense of position in relation to the rest of the body. Proprioception is especially important during days of poor visibility on the slopes.
To challenge and improve your proprioception try to single leg stand with your eyes closed.
Simple ways to help reduce the risk of injuries whilst away:
- Wear clothing with good visibility
- Wear a helmet
- Wear wrist guards whilst boarding
What if you have a soft tissue injury on the slopes?
Follow the PRICE regime
- Protect the area- try to avoid knocking the affected area to prevent further injury
- Rest the area for at least 24 hours, try to reduced weight bearing on the area
- Ice the area if there is any immediate swelling for 20 minutes. Use ice to relieve pain for 20 minutes on every 2-3 hours over the next 24 hours.
- Compression: compress the area with a bandage to reduce swelling
- Elevation: keep the area elevated above the heart over the next 24 hours to prevent further swelling
Do not return to sport if the pain persists. Seek further medical advice whilst away, or on your return your GP or one of our expert physiotherapists if pain persists for more than a week.
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