Winter is Coming!!


Winter is coming...

That means ski and snowboard season is upon us! 
Two of the best pastimes around, but, as with any impact sport, sometimes injuries occur.

Injuries can include but are not limited to the knee, head, shoulder, thumb, and wrist.

Common examples are:

  • Skier’s thumb

  • MCL sprain

  • ACL sprain

  • Meniscus injuries

  • Rotator cuff strain

Below are some tips to help reduce the risk of injury while you are enjoy the fresh powder!

Warm-Up

Goal: Increase blood flow to the muscles and increase your heart rate to prepare for activity.

How: Dynamic stretching. Dynamic stretching involves taking your body through range versus statically holding a position.

Duration: ~25% of overall exercise duration

Examples: Arm circles, lunge walks, hip turnouts, leg swings, high knees, side shuffle, karaoke

Click here for a great Dynamic Warm Up resource document

Cool-Down

Goal: Transition the body to a resting or close to resting state - lowering heart rate, blood pressure, blood pooling.

How: Slowing down the intensity of the activity.

Duration: ~25% of overall exercise duration

Examples: Brisk walk to a slow walk, slower pace down the slope, stretching

Posterior Chain Strengthening Exercises, such as those listed below, offer a proactive approach to injury prevention or reduction.

  • Lunge

  • Deadlift

  • Squat

  • Bridge

Click here for a resource document with important exercises to strengthen your Posterior Chain

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