Staying Healthy on the Slopes
Ski season is upon us, and it’s time to prepare yourself physically for your adventures on the slopes!
Skiing once a year can easily lead to injury – no surprise for such an intense activity, involving a range of muscle groups. And it’s not just skiing that’s physical; lifting skis, boots and using lifts can all take their toll on your body! In order to stay healthy this ski season, a little preparation is all that’s required.
Our Consultant Osteopath, Andrew Doody BSc (Hons), gives advice on how to avoid injuries so that you enjoy your holiday on the slopes.
Before your holiday:
- Build up your fitness gradually – walking quickly to work or weekend sessions on a cross-trainer will help you to prepare your muscles
- Start a stretching programme. Concentrate on quads, hamstrings and calves
- Don’t ignore any twinges you have – get yourself checked out by a professional before you travel
- Work on your balance – yoga postures will help
- Check your alignment; most skiers find turning one way easier than the other, which may be caused by either one-sidedness or muscle weakness
- Get professional advice on the best products to support a problem back, knees, ankles, or wrists
On the Slopes and Après Ski
- Ensure ski-boots are properly fitted. Ill-fitting boots can impact on your posture when skiing
- Warm up before you start and stop to stretch, especially at the end of the day
- Make sure to keep hydrated – easy to forget in the cold weather
- Beware when you’re walking with you ski gear! Lots of ski injuries come from carrying kit badly or slipping on ice away from the slopes
On Your Return
- Consider ways to improve your fitness level throughout the year and be well prepared for the 2018 season
- If you have any lasting pains, make sure to have a professional health check
Book an Appointment at Fleet Street Clinic
Want more professional support and advice before your ski trip?
Book an appointment to see Fleet Street Clinic’s Consultant Osteopath Andrew online.