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Olympic Sport Highlight: Skiing

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Skiing has been an Olympic sport since the first Winter Games in 1924 in Chamonix, France. This popular winter sport provides a number of health benefits for both the professional and casual athlete. It offers a great cardio workout while building various muscle groups including hamstrings, quadriceps, calves and hips. Additionally, it can improve balance, flexibility, agility, leg, and core strength.

Common Ski Injuries

There are a wide range of common injuries that can occur while skiing. Knee injuries are very common, particularly injuries of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Shoulder injuries including fractures, dislocations and sprains are also common as skiers often put their arms out to break a fall. Head injuries can also be common and severe.

Preventing Ski Injuries

NEBH orthopedic surgeon Arthur Christiano, MD, has a few helpful tips to help prevent injury and keep you safe on the slopes.

  • Take ski lessons-especially if you are a new skier. Along with basic skiing skills, lessons will also teach you how to fall correctly and help to reduce the risk for injury. Even experienced skiers can improve by taking a lesson.
  • Choose ski runs that match your level of experience.
  • Wear protective gear, including goggles, helmets, gloves and padding. 
  • Remember to apply sunscreen. Sunburns can be severe, even in the winter.
  • Pay attention to warnings about storms and severe drops in temperature, which can lead to icy conditions.
  • Avoid skiing alone. Stay with a partner and stay within sight of each other.
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