Knee Injuries – How to avoid them when skiing

November 12, 2012

Knee Injuries – How to avoid them when skiing

Many of us have been on the slopes and had an accident but if you are one of the lucky ones and it hasn’t happened to you then it is more than likely you know someone who has had a knee injury due to skiing.

Although it can be very difficult to avoid an accident there are some things you can do to help prevent knee injuries.

Whether you are a seasoned skier or you are just learning it is very important to keep your knees bent when skiing. By doing this hypertension developing in your legs is prevented. Hypertension is one of the main culprits in causing knee injuries.

If you do experience a fall try and keep your body relaxed and allow yourself to slide and to stop naturally. Trying to force yourself to stop with your feet and getting up too quickly after a fall can be a cause of knee injuries happening. So take your time and make sure you get up slow and steady.

If you are looking about the slopes and seeing skiers jumping and twisting remember it has taken them many hours, even years, of practice to master this skill. So unless you know exactly how to make a jump safely don’t attempt to do it. Even seasoned skiers can have accidents so don’t try and attempt jumps or manoeuvres that you think may look easy but have taken a lot of practice to be able to carry them out. Always be aware of your limitations and remember everyone had to start at the beginning and learn.

If you are a snowboarder your feet are locked in but you have to change your body position when going over bumps on the snow or doing a variety of jumps and also keeping your knees bent. The forces that cause the twisting of the knee joints or an awkward move can lead to knee injuries occurring. Skiing and snowboarding place a lot of impact on your knees and over time the knee joint can be damaged.

This also applies to skiing when your body is changing into positions that may be awkward and this is when damage can occur, and not just knee injuries. Your body has to change position to be able to cover the terrain whether it is bumpy or smooth and all of this can put a strain on the knee joints.

There are many well designed knee braces that can be used for knee injuries and also they can be used to alleviate pain in your knees. These braces can be used in the prevention of knee injuries as they provide stability which in turn may help to offer protection to the knees.

There are many people who have knee problems and associated pain without ever having had an injury to their knee and the cause of this may be as a result of being overweight. Carrying excess weight is a cause of knee problems and is easily solved by changing to a healthy eating diet.

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