5 Tips to Avoid Skiing Injuries This Winter
December 28, 2021

5 Tips to Avoid Skiing Injuries This Winter

Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery

Skiing is a great sport with some amazing health benefits, but you have to be careful as it can also lead to some very serious injuries that can land you in a spine and orthopedic hospital. Several of the physicians on our medical staff treat various orthopedic related injuries and we want you to stay safe on your next ski trip. If you have been waiting for winter to arrive and to go on a ski vacation with friends and family, we advise you to follow a few safety tips that can help you avoid skiing injuries.

Categories:   Orthopedics

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Follow the Skier Code of Conduct

It’s a must to stick to the skiing code of conduct, not only for your own safety but for that of your fellow skiers too. Following simple rules such as allowing downhill skiers the right of way, staying in control and not going too fast, not resting in a blind spot are some of the rules that can go a long way to keeping you out of harm's way.

Get Familiar with the Surroundings

One of the major reasons for skiing accidents is skiers not being aware of their surroundings. To avoid this unfamiliarity with the changing terrain, you need to find out as much as possible about your surroundings. Pay attention to the instructors when they brief you about the mountain and make sure you have a map of the slopes.

Use the Right Skiing Gear

Using a proper protective gear can go a long way in minimizing injuries. Make sure you use high quality ski gear that not just keeps you warm but gives you a full range of movement, too. Check all the protective gear you are using such as wrist guards, pads and helmets and ensure all of it is in a good working condition and fits well.

Don’t Ski if You Are Tired

Don’t go skiing if you have just reached your destination and are too tired. You are more likely to suffer an accident when your muscles are fatigued. Allow yourself time for a good 10-15 minutes warm up that helps you stretch your muscles and helps reduce the chance of injury.

Maintain an Active Stance

Maintaining an active stance by keeping your hands up, legs bent and weight evenly distributed on the balls of your feet is the proper way to ski. A good stance will not help you avoid any injuries, but it will give you the flexibility that lets you maneuver properly.  

If you or someone you love has experienced a skiing injury and needs help figuring out their next steps, give our patient navigator a call today at 972-543-1250 or click the Link below to request an appointment.