Winter may be nearing an end but the snow hasn’t seemed to have gotten the memo. IBJI Sports Medicine Physician Dr. Craig Westin shares these four key tips for the winter sport season:
- Skiing is a favorite winter pastime, but equipment can begin to break down over time. Make sure to tune-up your skis and bindings at a reputable ski shop to ensure that they’re secure and set according to body weight and ability.
“Be honest about this, you want your skis to release when they’re supposed to!” Dr. Westin adds.
- Heading to the mountains? Remember It takes 2-3 days to adjust to the altitude so get more rest, drink more water and cut back on alcohol consumption. Dr. Westin also recommends only skiing a half-day to avoid altitude sickness.
- Conditioning is essential. Skiing, skating and snowboarding all rely on thigh strength, but strong legs are not enough – you need to work your core. Regular exercise will mitigate possibly injury due to a sudden increase of stress on the muscles.
- Most important of all, STOP when you are tired – that is when your risk for injury is highest. When on the mountain or on the ice, find somewhere to catch your breath and maybe even grab a warm beverage. Your body will thank you in the long run!
Prevent and Treat Your Injuries at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute
At IBJI, we always prefer to see our patients on the slopes rather than in our office. But when the time comes, Illinois residents are hard pressed to find better sports medicine physicians than Dr. Scott Westin and the rest of out expert team. If you’re in need of treatment or consult for an orthopedic injury in Illinois, request an appointment today!