Ski season is here and there is plenty of snow after the snowstorm this past Monday. The perfect conditions for skiing or snowboarding outdoors! Below are a few tips for an injury-free trip:
1. Warming Up
Skiing or snowboarding uses muscles which we may not commonly use while we’re on land. Make sure to do some warmups and stretches especially for your quads, hamstrings, and calves.
General cardiovascular fitness is also important as high altitudes can reduce the oxygen supply to your lungs and muscles and cause a greater exertion to be breathing.
2. Your Equipment
Ensure your boots, skis/board are suitable for your ability and are adjusted correctly. Find the right fit for you.
3. Falling Correctly
Avoid attempting to get up while still moving after a fall. Avoid leaning back on your skis or attempting to sit down after losing control.
Helmets should be always worn and wrist guards or knee braces are a bonus. Wrists, shoulders and head injuries are most common.
4. Take it slow
Get in some practice on some easy runs and get your turns and techniques back in shape.
Rest when you are feeling tired. Weak and tired muscles give less protection to your joints and make them more prone to injuries.
6. Pay Attention
Pay attention while you’re getting on or off the ski lift and while you are on the slopes. Know your skiers code of conduct to protect yourself and others.
Ski in control so you can stop and dodge others. Give people downhill the right of way. Look up before you merge onto a trail. Never rest in a blind spot for other skiers.