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How to avoid common ski injuries this winter
  How to avoid common ski injuries this winter

By: Dr. Mohammed Paracha

Yes, winter is coming and for many St. Louisans, they hear the call to Hidden Valley. If you don’t like skiing on ice and want to see breath-taking views, look to the west for the gorgeous ski resorts of Vail, Aspen, and Breckenridge in Colorado. The first snow across the Rockies lightly decorates the winter wonderland of Greens, Blues, and Black Diamonds and kickstarts ski season.

Whether you’re a skier or boarder, there’s no denying that hitting the slopes comes with its fair share of risks. Even the most experienced resort attendee can find themselves bruised, sore, and even broken without the proper precautions:

  • Always wear the right protective gear, especially if you will be near the treeline on your runs. Invest in a good helmet to protect your head during collisions.

  • If you’re a beginner or inexperienced skier or snowboarder, enroll in ski school. It’s absolutely worth your time and will keep you safer on the slopes.

  • Pay attention to your surroundings. Some of the worst skiing accidents happen because someone loses focus on a run. Avoid quick cuts across runs and keep your head ‘on a swivel’ when crossing with high-traffic areas.

  • Learn how to exit the ski lift quickly and safely. Pile-ups at the top of the ski lift happen more frequently than people realize. Not only are they dangerous, but they also stop the ski lift and leave people in the air, not on the slopes where they want to be.

  • Know your limits. Yes, you may be on your fifth run of the day, but you’re still no Shaun White. Be careful when attempting new tricks and go slower than you make like to ensure a high-speed trick doesn’t end in a serious injury.

Skiing and snowboarding are excellent athletic activities to help you enjoy the chill of winter. Bundle up and get ready to hit the slopes this winter!

One of the most common ski accidents is a torn ACL. Thankfully, there are several ways to avoid an ACL injury, even while skiing. Download our free resource How to Prevent a Torn ACL. If you do suffer an injury while skiing or boarding, your first step is to schedule an appointment with our Orthopedic Associates team.





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