A few weeks ago, we discussed implementing a ski-conditioning program to increase your physical fitness and hopefully decrease your risk of injury. Today, in honor of the one month countdown to Alta’s opening day,  we’re sharing a few tips on injury prevention from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:

  • Warm up. Research studies have shown that cold muscles are more prone to injury. Warm up with jumping jacks, running or walking in place for 3 to 5 minutes. Take a couple of slow ski runs to complete your warm up.
  • Maintain fitness. Be sure you are in good physical condition when you set out on a ski outing. If you are out of shape, select ski runs carefully and gradually build your way up to more challenging trails. Need help selecting trails? Check with the mountain to see if they offer any mountain tours, sometimes they are even free.
  • Hydrate!  Remember, ski resorts are typically situated in high alpine environments, which means the elevation is high (and less oxygen). Even mild levels of dehydration can affect physical ability and endurance. Drink plenty of water before, during and after skiing.
  • Never participate when experiencing pain or when exhausted. Many ski injuries happen at the end of the day, as people overexert themselves to finish that one last run before the day’s end. A majority of these injuries can easily be prevented if you prepare by keeping in good physical condition and stopping when you are tired or in pain.
  • Know your surroundings and safety rules. Understand and abide by all rules of the ski resort. Know the Skier Responsibility Code such as how to safely stop, merge and yield to other skiers.

Read the full article here: Skiing Injury Prevention. How do you keep it safe on the slopes?

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