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Health & fitness: Injury prevention while skiing is key

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By The Staff

Skiing injury prevention begins with athletic conditioning, proper equipment and technique. When one of those three elements fails, injury may occur.Injury prevention while skiing should consist of a pre-vacation conditioning program that will assist in building muscle endurance, improve balance, and allow for better joint flexibility.Fatigue can result in more injuries for the non-conditioned skier and most injuries will result in the second half of the day when peak fatigue takes place.Poor snow conditions along with fatigue can increase the risk for injury. It’s important to pay attention to how your body is feeling and that may mean quitting earlier avoiding the possibility of an injury.Using the right equipment means you must be realistic about your ski ability. You wouldn’t want the bindings set wrong on the skis causing incorrect release when the ski is put under torque. The correct ski length and type of ski will also help with ease of performance.Helmets have become more popular as people have died from head traumas, but if there is a tree involved a helmet may not save your life.I like to ski fast and wearing a helmet feels like the right thing to do for me. This is a personal preference and should be given consideration.


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