Winter Means skiing – Here’s the Prep

Posted 12/12/2014 | By HealthCorps

Always warm up with active stretching. Static stretches can actually cause injury because your muscles and ligaments are not warm and pliable when you first start.

Balance training will help you to navigate the slopes. You can balance standing on one leg, and also do one legged squats.

Core strength will help you to navigate the slopes, control your body as you ski down, and help to support those strong legs.  Plank holds in a variety of positions will help to strengthen your core.

You want to cross train in order to reduce injury risk and to help support stamina. You can swim or bike since both are non-weight bearing and both will also counterbalance the wear and tear of skiing on knees and ankles.

A gentle stretch and hot shower after a long day of skiing is the last recommended step in this “ski prep.”

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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