Skiers and Snowboarders: Tips for Spine Health
By Sara Butler
Snowboarding and skiing are a lot of fun and they’re great exercise, but they’re also high-risk activities. Snowboarders and skiers take a lot of falls and can collide with other people and objects. The best line of defense? Conditioning your body and seeing the chiropractor regularly. Here are some tips from the chiropractors at The Joint to keep you healthy all season long.
Most Common Injuries
Snowboarding and skiing put a lot of stress on the spine and other joints. You wear rigid boots and other essential gear that can make maneuvering difficult and create uncomfortable torque. As you hit the slopes, remember that your body absorbs the impact of every single bump over the uneven mountain terrain. The knees, lower back, and hips take most of the brunt. Even if you don’t’ fall, you can experience issues such as soreness, leg pain, and even symptoms of disc compression.
The most common injuries experienced by snowboarders and skiers include:
- Ligament injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Hand injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Knee injuries
How to Prevent Injury
If you want to prevent injury, then you need to start with a strong core. Work on conditioning the muscles in your core that support a healthy spine and the rest of your body will work as it should. Also, see the chiropractor for regular adjustments in order to eliminate any joint dysfunctions or restrictions you may have, helping your body to perform at its best and keep you injury-free.
You can also prevent injuries by:
- Stretching and warming up your muscles before starting
- Inspecting equipment for faults and make proper adjustments
- Wearing protective equipment such as wrist guards, helmets, knee pads, and elbow pads
- Practicing proper techniques for your sport and follow the rules on the slope
- Staying hydrated
If You Become Injured
If you do sustain an injury, you should make sure to:
- Place ice on the affected area for 10 to 20 minutes
- See your chiropractor for treatment as soon as you can
- Stay off the slopes until you are fully healed
Skiing and snowboarding are great activities and provide you with exercise your body needs to stay healthy and strong. You simply need to remember to take the proper precautions in order to stay free from injury!
Enjoy your season on the slopes and don't forget to see your chiropractor at The Joint to keep you healthy all season long!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in St. Louis, Mo.