If you’re like us, you’re getting ready to get a taste of winter with at least one ski vacation on the books. But, if you’re a little rusty or just learning to ski for the first time, there are some things you should know. People who are prone to leg injuries, or who have had past leg or knee injuries, should prepare accordingly to keep themselves safe while sliding down the slopes. Keep reading to learn how to prevent injuries while skiing this year.
Knee sprains are common injuries on the slopes. You may experience a sprain after a tough fall while snow skiing. The knees are actually most affected by ski injuries overall. If you have had previous knee injuries, wearing a brace might be your most important piece of equipment.
Also, MCL (medial collateral ligament) tears are very common after a day on the mountain. In fact, MCL tears are currently the most common injury that occurs from skiing. The MCL can tear in any skier, though they are more common in beginner and intermediate skiers. This is because the MCL can tear during a “snowplow stop,” when the ski tips are pointing toward each other when the skier tries to stop, and then falls. More advanced skiers do not stop using this method, hence the lower risk of injury. You can prevent an MCL tear by staying on terrain that is comfortable for your ability level. Also, when you’re in the snowplow stop position, make sure your weight is balanced evenly.
ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears are also quite common ski injuries. ACL tears can occur when you go off a jump and land poorly. Essentially, if you land with your weight back, the force from the land can tear your ACL. Learning to jump, land, and fall properly can help you avoid an ACL injury.