Skiing and snowboarding can be lots of fun, but there are those who will end up as one of the thousands who are injured on the slopes each year. Hospital for Special Surgery’s Rehabilitation Department has come up with tips to ensure that you have a great ski and snowboard season.
Helmets, wrist guards and other safety equipment will help prevent or decrease severity of injury from the most beginner rider to the expert skier and snowboarder.
Strengthen your upper body
Especially for snowboarders this will assist in pushing you up from the ground.
Know your terrain
Make sure you are riding on a trail that fits your skill level. NEVER RIDE ALONE!
End your day before you are fatigued
Know your limits, most injuries take place during the last ride of the day when riders have become tired.
Your body needs the appropriate fuel to run optimally. Healthy meals before riding and nutritious snacks on the mountain can help keep you strong. Hydration is vital. Keeping a bottle of water in your pocket or a camelback on your body will keep you from dehydrating and you will continue to feel energized throughout the day.
For all snow injury prevention tips, including pre-season, click here.