‘Tis the season to hit the slopes! Skiing and snowboarding present their own unique risks to the feet and ankles. Knowledge is power; keep these things in mind when heading for the hills on your next holiday.
Different Sports, Different Injuries
A four-year study published by the NCBI found that there are significant differences in the types of injuries skiers and snowboarders frequently incur. Skiers are more likely to damage their knees, whereas snowboarders are more likely to injure their ankles.
According to the same study, having experience will not necessarily make you less vulnerable. For snowboarders, being new to the sport ups the risk factor. Almost half of all snowboarding injuries are sustained by newbies. The same cannot be said of skiing; less than a fifth of those injured while skiing are beginners. This means it is especially important for even advanced skiers to exercise caution.
Make sure you are physically ready before hitting the slopes. Weak legs or core muscles, and poor endurance can make you more vulnerable to injury. The sports gear brand Evo has some great tips for how to get fit for winter sports here. Make sure you consult your physician to ensure your workout plan is an appropriate fit.
Check Your Gear, Especially Your Bindings
It is a good idea to assess all your gear regularly to make sure it is in top shape. Bindings are especially important, particularly for skiers. Bindings that fail to release are a major source of knee injuries for skiers. If at all possible, see a professional to make sure your bindings are properly adjusted, especially if you have new boots. Before heading out, a skier should do a self test to make sure your bindings will release.
Concerned about an old injury or dealing with a new one? Request an appointment with our team. Our foot and ankle orthopedic specialists are part of AOSMI: a medical practice, which also includes physical therapists, joint replacement profesionals, sports medicine experts, and more. Whether it is diagnosis, recovery, treatment, or adjusting your workout regime, we are happy to help!