Tips For Staying Injury Free This Ski & Snowboard Season

With ski season just around the corner and the first snow of the season already in the books, we couldn't be more excited to get back on the slopes – especially after being cooped up inside since March! However, due to our new homebound lifestyles as of late, physically preparing our bodies for downhill skiing and riding is paramount to avoiding injuries.

Bottom line: maintaining good physical health is key to enjoying a full and epic ski season.

At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery, our sports medicine specialists are here to help you prepare for the 2020/2021 ski season. Here's what our orthopaedic surgeons had to say:

Strengthening & Conditioning

In Summit County, we have a large population of elderly athletes. (60 is the new 20 in the Colorado High Country!) While our older inhabitants tend to be in fantastic shape, we must still consider our biology when taking on strenuous activities. When we're young, our muscles and ligaments are pliable and tend to stretch better. As we age, our bodies lose their elasticity, and our tendons and ligaments don't respond as well as they used to.

Twisting, pivoting, and falling are all inevitable realities of skiing and snowboarding. An awkward pivot or a bad fall can result in torn ligaments or broken bones. Strengthening and conditioning are crucial in preparing our bodies for minor accidents out on the hill. If you aren't doing so already, begin implementing some basic at-home workouts into your routine: