While many of us rush around this season in the damp cold weather here in England, 1.5 million britons will be preparing for ski season!
With over 10,000 people on the slope at any given time, this speedy sport requires good knowledge, durability and fitness to prevent injury.
As with most high speed sports there will always be accidents, however with the right equipment, training and fitness levels you can reduce the risks.
Besides, without proper fitness levels the first day skiing could wind up with you tucked up in the cabin nursing aching limbs for the rest of your holiday!
Here are some tops tips to prep before you pack!
Core strength will keep you up on the slopes a little longer than the rest due to your ability to support the whole body correctly.
Although your core muscles basically cover most of the body, it’s really important to target the abdomen. Using exercises such as; flutter kicks, seated knee tuck, crunches and planking.
Doing this will also help take the strain off your hips.
Legs and bum
Focusing on your quads, glutes and calves, strengthening the legs will keep the ache at bay and protect your hip and knee joints.
Squats, squat jumps, wall squats and lunges are all reasonable easy exercises that can be performed anywhere, everyday.
Training and guidance before your skiing trip will aid your positions, which in turn will benefit your knees and hips.
There are many supplements for joint care which you can take leading up to your trip.
Glucosamine, chondroitin, and omega-3, are just a few of them.
Ignoring even the smallest of knee or joint complaint is not going to do you any good once your up on the Alps!
One of the most common knee injuries from skiing is a torn ACL (Anterior cruciate ligament), which can need surgery.
Skiing after you have recovered from this involves a knee brace. Without one your knee will continue to be damaged.
Other injuries can be corrected with physio and re-training.
Your feet have to be on top form. Ski boots are very different to normal shoes, as they are perfectly designed to lock the foot and lower leg in a precise position. However if the boot does not fit correctly or your feet are not on top form, you may find yourself with unexpected foot pain. Right now Freedom clinics are offering a free foot health check up!
Freedom clinics can also help with the perfect orthotics for you to aid you in your Skiing!
Needless to say, if you suffer from any form of injury or arthritis in the lower half of your body rejoining the slopes is going to be hard work and painful.
Other factors to keep in mind before you hit the slopes this year.
- Weight gain – Keep the weight down, the heavier you are the more your joints have to carry.
- Age – Don’t fool yourself, the older we get the more brittle we are. Factoring in aging complaints such as arthritis or joint injuries and you have yourself a recipe for disaster.
- Ability – most of us first timers know the nursery is the place to be, the real danger is those returning to the sport after many years. Before you go, practise at your local dry ski slope. Just because you knew what to do when you were in your 20’s does not mean you can jump straight back on the triple black diamonds!
- Holiday partners – Never go alone. Skiing should be done in pairs, and if your mate or partner can’t ski it won’t matter, as long as someone knows if you haven’t returned back!
If you are preparing for your next skiing holiday and want help with old aches and pains, maybe you’re slightly concerned of a niggle which might get worse while away. Contact us for a full leg back and joint check up!