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Winter Sports Fun is Here! Best Tips to Stay Safe

Arizona can be a great state to enjoy winter sports. Fun can be found close to home with excellent winter sports opportunities in Flagstaff and NE Arizona. The world class winter sports resorts of Colorado and Utah are often just a car trip or short plane ride away. With the chance for skiing and snowboarding fun comes the risk of injury. These winter sports injuries often occur to the knee, shin bone or tibia, and the foot. Common winter sports injuries include knee meniscus cartilage and ligament tears, fractures of the tibia, and particularly in snowboarders fractures of the foot.

Get your body ready

Preparing and planning ahead are the keys to prevention. The two areas that we can control are our physical condition and our equipment. Proper conditioning is a must if we want to have safe winter sports fun and avoid injuries. If you plan to ski or snowboard this winter start now to get ready and stay healthy. You should focus on your flexibility and your strength. Your flexibility work should focus upon stretching your lower leg muscles and tendons. Some simple and effective stretching exercises can be found here. See a simple and quick exercise regimen to help you get ready. If black diamond steeps and bumps are your thing this workout US Ski Team workout will help you get the ride you’re looking for.

Make sure your equipment is ready too

Proper ski boot size, boot and binding care, and binding setting all can decrease our risk of injury. It has been estimated that these steps could prevent 25% of knee and leg injuries. Boots should be snug but not painful. Boots that are too large will decrease the safety of your bindings. Twisting force or torque will not be transferred to the bindings for release but to our knees and cause injury. Don’t walk in your boots any more than you need to. Wear to the bottoms causes poor fit into the binding. The most important binding function is release when excessive stress occurs during a fall. Bindings should be serviced and set regularly by a professional ski technician. Follow these simple instructions to self test your binding settings daily. If your driving to your ski destination cover your bindings to keep out road grime and debris. Snowboarders are at risk for a specific and unusual injury to the foot–fracture of the anterior process of the calcaneus. This injury is commonly mistaken for an ankle sprain. If you have been snowboarding, have pain, swelling, and maybe bruising on the top or outer aspect of your foot seek evaluation early. Even if you have had x-rays that were “negative” this injury which does require treatment and is commonly missed on x-rays. A CT scan is often needed for diagnosis.

Time now to enjoy your winter sports vacation

Get ready now and enjoy your winter sports vacation. Follow these tips and you will have more fun and be less likely to get injured. If you do get injured, we are available to assess your injury, plan treatment, and get you back in action quickly. See you on the slopes.