Ski-ing and Snowboarding Injury Prevention
Are you planning or have already booked a trip to the slopes? If so, are you prepared? I am not referring to your purchase of the latest ‘look’ to cruise the slopes in style or sussing out the best Apres ski spots. I am referring to you – your body, is it prepared and ready to take on the physical demands of skiing or snowboarding to return home without a cast or crutches? Alpine skiing and snowboarding are classified as extreme sports due to the involvement of high speeds and an increased propensity for participants to jump and perform acrobatic maneuvers (as seen on TV, seemingly easy, yet another story when you the amateur attempt them). There is an increasing involvement in these winter sports, with nearly 1 million people from the UK skiing or boarding annually.
As with all sports there are risks involved when participating in snow sports. Alpine skiing and snowboarding take place in environments where medical care may not be readily available on site. Because of these challenges, greater emphasis needs to be placed on skill, preparation, and safety strategies/equipment to prevent serious injury. I would hope the only time you ride in the chopper is for a scenic flip or heli-ski and not a rescue off the mountain to the local hospital! Before travelling check your medical insurance includes extreme sports, you may need to purchase extra cover for your holiday.
In both skiing and snowboarding, the leading cause of death and catastrophic injury is traumatic […]