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Abi’s Physiotherapy tips for injury-free skiing

Posted on November 01 2022, By: Abi Onuoha

The ski season is upon us, and you may be heading off to the slopes soon! Let’s make sure you’re prepared and return home injury-free.

Get fit before you go. Skiing and snowboarding utilise muscles in a completely unique way. Strengthen your quadriceps and hamstrings and stretch those calves! Improving your overall cardiovascular fitness will also help you cope with long, tiring days and manage the altitude

Ski with the right equipment. Ensure your boots, skis/snowboard are suitable for your ability and adjust the bindings appropriately. Wear layers and correct warm gear to make sure you are not too distracted by the cold and therefore lose your tekkers.

Take a lesson or start out on the easier runs. If it’s been a while or if you are totally new to skiing, don’t be a hero. Sharpen your technique and avoid bad habits for the best and safest experience.

Practice good skier etiquette. Look out for the simple, common-sense rules to follow on the mountains. For example, a reminder to give people coming downhill right of way and mounting ski lifts correctly, might help prevent accidents.

Rest when tired. Fatigued muscles struggle to provide as much joint protection, which could put you at more risk of injury. So, if you’re tired, have a break and head back to the slopes when you’re re-energised.

If you want to feel more prepared for your upcoming ski trip, book in to see us at ATO life. clinic in Hanger Lane for a 1hr physio assessment. Or if winter leaves you or a loved one hurting, don’t forget that at ATO life., we currently have a promotional offer of x2 60min sports massages for £99.

See you Après-Ski,

Abi Onuoha (ATO life. Founder & Physiotherapist)


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