Going skiing for the first time? 7 tips to avoid getting injured while skiing by our sports physio in London

If you’re a complete newbie or haven’t done it in a long time, skiing is a hazardous sport that requires a lot of control and balance. Injuries are common and unpredictable, but with good training and attention, you will spend your winter holiday safely and have the best of times.

Here are a few tips to get ready for your ski trip and avoid injuries.

How to avoid ski injuries

Prepare your body and joints with a sport physio or personal trainer in London

A proper training 2 to 4 weeks prior to the trip will help you acquire enough strength, balance, flexibility and endurance for a safe experience. If you’re not sure about what types of workout is best to prepare yourself, seek the help of a personal trainer or sports physiotherapist. Sport physio and personal trainer will be able to guide you through the most accurate and best training program to avoid injuries by gaining mobility and stability in your legs and ankles. A few sessions of physiotherapy with a little exercises program might save you from injuries.

Take ski lessons in London

Indoor snow slopes are incredibly helpful when you want to practice your skiing (one can be fond in Milton Keynes). Almost as fun but without the astonishing landscape, indoor skiing will help you train before the big day. Alternatively, and if you haven’t managed before, you can follow lessons on the first days of your trip, before hitting the slopes alone.

Learn how to fall

If you feel like you’re about to fall backward, it’s better not to resist it and sit down. By holding yourself up, you might end up with a knee ligament tear (ACL replacement). In the same idea, if you start panicking as you’re going too fast, sitting down will slow you down and have more control on your descent.

Take breaks and drink water

Listen to your body and know how to stop to regain more energy. If you feel tired, get some rest and be sure to stay hydrated with water whether it is before, during and after your day on the slopes.

Mulled wine, even if well appreciated on the slopes is not a source of hydration!

Follow the rules of skiing

Signs or flyers with rules will be showed all around the ski resorts and are meant to be followed. Be attentive, look up to other people and don’t rest in blind spots.

Watch out for the lifts on the ski slopes

The way lifts work in ski resorts can be scary for newbies. Pay attention and follow the signs on how to get on the lift safely. Getting on and off the chair correctly safely will avoid many accidents.

Too late: I got myself injured during my ski trip!

Nothing to worry about. If you got injured while skiing, our London physiotherapist will be able to get you on your feet and back to sports in no time. Sports physios are well aware of ski injuries and offer personalised treatment programs to ensure a safe and quick recovery. Whether it’s a sprain, a tear, a broken arm or leg, advices and rehabilitation with a professional physiotherapist will help you get ready for your next winter holiday!

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