A Physiotherapy assessment in the lead-up to your skiing holidays is a great way to assess your current fitness, and identify any potential risk factors, such as muscle weakness, previous injuries, and your current training regimen, in order to put together a plan for injury prevention.
Types of skiing injuries Physio can help
With skiing commonly classed as an extreme sport, there’s no surprise that there’s a relatively high injury rate compared to other sports, and for good reason. Generally speaking, not many of us prepare our bodies for the intense physical demand that skiing places on the body, meaning that injuries are all too common.
Below are a couple of common skiing injuries, and how pelvic ache physiotherapy can help:
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Knee Ligament Sprain / Rupture
The knee is the single most common joint affected by skiing, accounting for around 1 in 4 ski-related injuries. Knee injuries are so frequent in skiing because of the increased force and stress that is placed upon the knee in movements of twisting and rotation.
Physiotherapy can help with the prevention and rehabilitation of knee ligament injuries through targeted exercise rehabilitation. Professional skiers spend a huge amount of their training on balance drills and exercise to improve their balance, coordination, and strength. Shoulder Sprain / Strain
Falling is part of the parcel when it comes to skiing, especially as a beginner. When you’re about to fall, it’s almost automatic to put your arms out in front of you to break your fall. After all, it’s better than landing flat on your face!
Assessment is key here. The initial management techniques are clearly very different when treating a muscle strain compared to a shoulder dislocation, so it’s best to get it assessed early.