Are you gearing up for a long winter filled with at least one ski vacation? If we had our way, we would ski all winter long. But, if you’re a little rusty or just learning to ski for the first time, there are some things you should know. Especially when it comes to people who are prone to injuries, or who have had past leg or knee injuries, it’s important to prepare accordingly.
Keep reading to learn how to prevent injuries while skiing this year.
Preventing An Injury
Preventing an injury while skiing doesn’t take much. Don’t push yourself too hard, and stay on trails that match your ability level. Don’t go down little trails that require tight turns if that doesn’t match your ability level.
Remember to keep your posture aligned with proper skiing technique. Keep your hands and weight forward over your knees, keep your legs parallel, and make sure your hips, knees, and ankles are all engaged and flexing equally.
Make sure to give yourself a few weeks to prepare for a ski trip. Including aerobic training and making sure your leg and core muscles are strong will ensure that you have more fun and are more safe on the slopes.
Invest in good equipment that works properly and fits you. Get your skis waxed and tuned up to make sure everything works as it should. If you’re renting, make sure you are going to a reputable shop. If you own your own skis, inspect all of your equipment for damage before you head up the mountain. Consider wearing a helmet, as well, to protect you from other skiers, trees, and hard ice.
Consider classes to help you nail the foundation of proper skiing technique. This can also help you have more fun on your first ski trip.
If your legs are tired, don’t be afraid to rest for a few minutes. Grab a hot chocolate and relax. If you’re tired, you’re more likely to make a mistake and injure yourself.