It is that time of year again! With the Ski season almost upon us it is time to start thinking about preparing your body for the slopes to reduce likelihood of injury (or re-injury), improve current aches and pains and ensure you make the most of your next snow-filled adventures.
At Thrive, we often encounter significant ligament injuries of the knee for example ACL and MCL or meniscus (the knee joint lining) injuries. These injuries often have a lengthy rehab timeframe and sometimes even require surgery. We can dramatically reduce the likelihood of these knee injuries with some simple tips to improve our balance and strength around the knee and hip and knowing the correct way to position ourselves.
1. Posture: Ideal knee position & Ideal hip/ back positionBefore we even hit the slopes we need to ensure we know the correct way to position ourselves on our skis. Our knees should be slightly bent and in line with our skis and they should not deviate inward nor outward. For our hips, a good way to find the correct position is to bend your knees like your are standing on skis, tuck your bottom under as far as you can and then stick it out as much as you can, then the correct position is 50% of the way between these two movements. These positions will ensure the muscles around the hip and thighs are working correctly.