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Late January heralds the beginning of the ski season. Regardless of whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned skier, it’s always worth preparing yourself to minimise the risk of injury.

About Mr Vivek Gulati

Mr Gulati's expertise includes performing hip, knee and partial knee replacement surgery with a special interest in revision hip replacement.
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How injuries occur

Injury can be caused by a range of factors, including:

  • being out of condition
  • tiredness 
  • falls or collisions
  • landing badly after a jump 
  • a sudden change of direction, which strains muscles, tendons and ligaments
  • not using the correct equipment

What are the common injuries?

Our knees, hips and ankles are all susceptible to skiing injuries – and some of these can be life changing. Our hips and knees are particularly vulnerable. 

The vast majority of injuries are to the:

Torsional injuries, dislocations and fractures are common.  

How to prepare yourself against injury

The physical aspect of skiing requires a combination of core strength, aerobic fitness, proprioception and balance. Many of us go from sedentary office based jobs straight to the slopes – without giving the chance for the body to prepare. I would advise against this, so here are my top tips for preparing for skiing season:

Get any known health issues that may affect you checked out before going

You may want to visit your GP, consultant or physiotherapist to put your mind at ease and to pre-empt and, if necessary, treat any issues that may come up.

Start your physical training in advance

Ideally six weeks prior to your skiing trip, work on your core muscle strength and aerobic fitness. Regular swimming, cycling and using a cross-trainer would be an excellent start.

If you are new to skiing you may want to consider taking lessons, as a good technique will minimise your risk of injury. Be aware of your body and if muscle fatigue sets in, take a rest day. Ease yourself into it before getting started.

Don’t forget to warm up and warm down

This will help prevent injury and reduce stiffness. Pay particular attention to the conditioning the core muscles like the stomach and lower back – your body will thank you for it!

At The London Clinic, our orthopaedic specialists will discuss with you your individual care and treatment options including, when necessary surgical repair and reconstruction.

Surgery by our world-leading consultants and expert nursing teams is also fully supported by physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, strength and conditioning coaches, throughout your journey.

Using the latest pioneering techniques and expert clinical knowledge, you can expect a full and swift recovery.

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