Pre Skiing Check Over

Looking outside at the snow and mournfully thinking that I still have another seven weeks to go before I get onto the slopes it occurred to me that some sort of training would be good in order to prepare for the slopes.

Of course, you cry, you need to strengthen your legs especially your quads. Well yes, that is correct, but you also need to improve your flexibility which in turn can aid your posture and help you perform those flowing movements that everybody else seems to have apart from yourself.

Skier enjoying the mountain snow

This is where an osteopath can help and what you need to do is visit your local osteopath for a pre skiing check over who will check the state of your body, correct any imbalances which may be restricting your flexibility and provide advice on stretching exercises.

But your muscles still need to be strengthened and if you don't do some preparation yourself then you can expect to suffer some degree of muscle soreness. Where you will suffer your pain does depend for example upon how good a skier you are and your experience. If you are new to skiing then you will find that it is the inside of your knees and your hips that suffer mainly because you are doing the snowplough and are incredibly tense trying not to look foolish and fall over. Your neck and upper back will then suffer because of your poor posture.

So whilst waiting for that vital appointment you can and should do some of the following:

  • You could jump around which works those muscles that you will use skiing. Even hopping can help.
  • You could do some squats and also sit back against the wall with your knees bent at ninety degrees. Try to build up the amount of time doing this.
  • Go out cycling as this is good for the quads
  • Try improving your balance by standing on one leg and holding your balance for a minute or so. If you find this too easy then throw and catch a ball whilst standing on one leg. Don't forget the other leg. If you have access to a wobble board then use it.

By the way, watch out for the third day when you feel more confident but are tired from the overexertion of the first two days. This is when most accidents occur.

Finally if you take a heavy fall then it makes sense to get it checked out by an osteopath on your return so that short term injuries don't turn into long term ones.

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