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Prevent Ski Injuries

Most Common Ski Injuries

  • Fractures of the hand, collar bone, and legs.
  • Pulled thumb ligament.
    • Also called Skier's Thumb
    • This is a ligament injury at the base of the thumb.
    • It usually occurs during a fall on an outstretched hand while still holding the pole.
  • Head injuries
  • Knee injuries.
    • ACL tear or sprain. (ACL is also called Anterior Cruciate ligament). Usually occurs in situations where the skier is attempting to recover when off-balance or during a fall and attempting to sit down while out of control.
    • MCL tear or sprain (MCL is also called Medial Collateral Ligament). The medial collateral ligament is a tight band of tissue on the inner side of the knee. It helps prevent abnormal bending. MCL tears can occur when skiers fall.

Tips to Prevent Ski Injuries

  • Take a skiing lesson and learn the proper way to stop, turn and control yourself.
  • Maintain good physical shape.
  • Stretch your muscles before skiing.
  • Stop skiing when you become tired.
    • You are more likely to hurt yourself if you try to ski while you are tired or fatigued.
  • Ski on a slope that matches your skills.
    • If you try to ski on a slope that is too difficult for your skills, you are more likely to injure yourself.
  • Use equipment that matches your size and skill level.
  • Keep your equipment maintained and in good condition.
  • Wear a helmet.
  • Rent equipment from respected rental shops.
  • Dress in layers.
  • Do not drink alcohol while skiing.
  • Stay hydrated with water or fitness drinks.
  • Ski responsibly and be aware of other skiers around you.

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