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Four Common Ski Injuries and How to Prevent Them

The refreshing air on your face and the dash of snow beneath your skis: Not many exercises intuitively feel as pure and exhilarating as downhill skiing. But is it dangerous? Skiing has been a favorite pastime activity for millions of people around the world. However, most people also know that skiing can cause injuries, and they usually take preventive measures to avoid any risks. For those who are now venturing into skiing, we give details on four common Ski Injuries and how to prevent them.

Head Injuries

Accidents happen. Experienced and inexperienced skiers know the feeling of losing their balance and falling or having an unfortunate collision with a tree or boulder. If such a situation arises, the consequences can be grievous. These injuries can range from minor scrapes to severe head and neck injuries. Falls on the slopes may lead to traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or excessive bleeding, where the stitching of wounds is required. It is always best to stay protected from such incidents, and wearing a safety helmet is a necessity.

A Medial Collateral Ligament Tear - MCL

The MCL ligamentortibial collateral ligament (TCL) are located on the inner side of the knees and is one of the four major ligaments in the knee. The purpose of the medial collateral ligament is to keep your knee bones intact and prevent them from turning outward. During skiing, you can face ligament tears after severe impacts. If you are facing this situation, then you might experience chronic pain in the knee that comes and goes, along with swelling. It might be possible for you to stand and walk gingerly with the injury; however, it would be excruciatingly painful for you to do so. An ice pack can be helpful for minor sprains, but if you are facing a partial or complete medial collateral ligament tear, medical treatment or surgery will be required.

Wrist Fractures

When a person is about fall, the first instinct is usually to use your hands to brace for impact. In such cases, the wrists joints take the full effect of the falling body, which can result in ligament tear or fractures. When this happens, you might experience severe pain in your wrist, requiring pain medications or surgery. If this happens to stop skiing and get medical assistance immediately, for broken wrists, a splint or cast will be necessary for several weeks.

Shoulder Injuries

Another body part that has to face the brunt of a severe fall during skiing is the shoulders. There are several kinds of common shoulder injuries, but the most common are displaced shoulder joints or claviclefractures. Whatever the situation, the pain from a fractured clavicleor torn rotator cuffcan be severe. Since your shoulders connect arms to the torsos, any injury can lead to problems in the ligaments, muscles, and tendons in connecting joints too. Mild shoulder injuries can be treated with physical therapy, but fractures and torn ligaments will require surgery.

Conclusion

Skiing can be an enjoyable pastime, but injuries can suck the fun out of any activity. But with proper precautions and preparations, the benefits of skiing “far outweigh” any risks of injury.

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