As excitement about the new ski season begins to mount – and, hopefully, the snow levels – it’s time to prepare your body for the hours you’ll spend on piste
A ski or snowboarding holiday can be enormous fun, especially if you get yourself ready for the physical challenges ahead. If you don’t, you could cut down your time on the slopes by half as you wait for aching muscles to recover.
‘Most people don’t take enough time to prepare themselves and therefore they don’t get as much out of their holiday,’ says three-times snowboard half-pipe Olympian Lesley McKenna.
‘As a result, people have to take time out from the slopes.’ McKenna, who is the European snow team manager for lifestyle brand Roxy, says the most common injuries are pulled muscles from lack of training.
Torn ligaments, concussions, back pain and broken bones can also happen but only usually when you crash from fatigue.
‘Skiing and snowboarding are highly skilled sports and take a lot of co-ordination and muscle control,’ she says. ‘They involve travelling at high speed and controlling forces related to that speed.’
Spending six hours a day on the slopes over a seven-day holiday can soon take its toll. Can you imagine spending that amount of time in the gym? Our chiropractors at the West Sussex Chiropractic Clinic frequently see people who have been injured skiing.
They strongly advise chiropractic care and a course of solid exercise beforehand to prevent injury and increase your performance on the slopes.
‘Skiing is a sport of forces and momentum where ski biomechanics are affected by both external and internal forces,’ McKenna says.
‘External forces – such as the terrain – are usually out of our control but those generated by the skier – the internal forces such as muscle power, endurance, mobility and flexibility – can be controlled.
In the same way that Chiropractors promote the benefits of good posture,
‘Good ski posture is the foundation on which everything is built in skiing. It is the base around which movements are made and is constantly changing.’
McKenna’s recommendation for some pre-slope action is to build up good base fitness that includes resistance training. ‘You need good aerobic fitness to have the endurance to last the day,’ she says
‘Try doing three high-impact workouts, such as spinning, body pump, running or cycling, each week for six to eight weeks before you hit the slopes. Add in a circuit class to push your system further.’
She also suggests yoga for strength, core stability and flexibility to help prevent injury.
Snowboarder Jenny Jons says generally you need power in your glutes, hamstrings and quads for take-offs and landings, fast reaction times in your muscles to take the load off your knees and core strength for stability and rotation of tricks.
She advises working these areas on a daily basis. ‘In the gym, make sure you do lots of squats, static squat holds against a wall, butt exercises and step-ups,’ says Jones
Skiing is a high-intensity physical activity and the body may not be able to cope with the demands made on the joints as well as the high-energy demands for stamina.
Sports injuries take time to heal, which is why so many professional athletes receive chiropractic care to optimize their performance. Even if you’re not an athlete, a properly functioning nervous system is essential for achieving the best results.
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