Skiing Injury Prevention: Tips from a Physiotherapist

Skiing Injury Prevention: Tips from a Physiotherapist

It’s that time of year again when the slopes call to us and we all start dreaming of skiing powdery hills until our legs ache. However, before you hit the slopes, it’s important to do some preparation so you don’t end up with an injury. Here are some tips from a physiotherapist on how to avoid injuries while skiing.

Warm up before skiing to help prevent skiing injuries

Skiing is a great way to enjoy the winter weather and get some exercise. However, it’s important to warm up before hitting the slopes. Cold muscles are more likely to be injured, so it’s essential to take the time to prepare your body for skiing. A few simple stretches will help to get your muscles ready for action. Just be sure to listen to your body and stop if you feel any pain. Once you’re warmed up, you’ll be able to ski with confidence, knowing that you’re less likely to get hurt. And if you do happen to take a spill, don’t worry. Getting back up is all part of the fun!

Injury courtesy of Affinity Family Wellness (Read the caption)

Stretch your hamstrings, quads, and calves regularly

As any athlete knows, stretching is essential for maintaining flexibility and preventing injuries. However, some people don’t realize that there are different types of stretching, and each one is best suited for different purposes. For example, dynamic stretches are ideal for warming up before a workout, while static stretches are better for cooling down afterwards. Nevertheless, both types of stretching can be beneficial if they’re done correctly. Hamstring stretches, for instance, can help to improve your range of motion and prevent stiffness. Meanwhile, calf stretches can improve blood flow to the lower legs and reduce the risk of cramps. Ultimately, regular stretching can help you stay healthy and perform at your best.

Use proper form when skiing - keep your back straight, don't lean too far forward or backward, and use your poles for balance

Skiing is a thrilling winter activity that anyone can enjoy. However, it’s important to use proper form when skiing in order to keep yourself safe. Be sure to keep your back straight and your weight evenly distributed. Don’t lean too far forward or backward, and use your poles for balance. Remember these tips and you’ll be sure to have a great time on the slopes!

A team of healthcare professionals courtesy of Affinity Family Wellness (Read the caption)

Take breaks from skiing to rest your muscles and avoid fatigue

Skiing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise, but it’s important to take breaks from time to time. Resting your muscles for a few minutes between runs helps to avoid fatigue and lowers your risk of injury. It’s also a good opportunity to grab a snack or drink to refuel your energy levels. Taking breaks also gives you a chance to take in the scenery and appreciate being in the mountains. So next time you’re out skiing, don’t forget to take a break now and then!

Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated to prevent skiing injuries

As any skier knows, the sport can be physically demanding, and it’s important to stay hydrated in order to prevent injuries. When you’re skiing, your body is working hard to keep you warm, and you can quickly become dehydrated. Drinking plenty of water helps to replace the fluids that you’re losing, and it also helps to keep your muscles and joints lubricated. This is especially important in cold weather, when your body is more likely to be injured. In addition, staying hydrated helps to prevent headaches, which can be a major distraction on the slopes. So before you hit the slopes, be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and prevent ski injuries.

In conclusion, taking measures such as warming up, stretching, using proper form, taking breaks, and staying hydrated can help prevent injuries while skiing. By preparing your body and being mindful of your movements on the slopes, you’ll be able to enjoy this exciting winter activity safely and confidently. Happy skiing!


This appointment is your opportunity to tell us what hurts and discover whether physiotherapy or chiropractic care is a good fit for you! During this session, you will talk with a physiotherapist or chiropractor on a phone call (or online) and create the right care plan specifically for your pain. There is no obligation on this session is to find out whether physiotherapy or chiropractic care can help you getting back to doing the things you love in life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Many ski injuries happen when people are tired and their muscles are not properly warmed up. This is why it’s important to stretch, warm up, and take breaks while skiing. In addition, many injuries occur when skiers hit obstacles or crash into other skiers. Proper form and being aware of your surroundings can help prevent these types of accidents.

In addition to physically preparing your body by stretching and warming up, it’s also important to have the proper equipment. Make sure that your skis or snowboard are properly fitted and in good condition, and wear a helmet for added safety. You may also want to take a lesson if you’re new to skiing, or brush up on your skills if it’s been a while since you last hit the slopes.

If you are experiencing severe pain or an obvious injury, stop skiing and seek medical attention immediately. If the pain is minor or manageable, take a break and rest your muscles before continuing to ski. If the pain persists, it’s best to seek medical advice. It’s always better to be safe and take care of any injuries promptly.

About Ty Perry

Ty recently moved to Kelowna from Ontario and is a graduate of the University of Western (Master of Physical Therapy) and University of Ottawa (Bachelor of Science, Human Kinetics). After graduating from Western, Ty completed a Sport Physiotherapy Fellowship at Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic where he worked with the OHL’s London Knights and a number of Western University Varsity athletes.

Medical Disclaimer:

The information presented in this blog post is for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as medical advice. If you are seeking medical advice, treatment or a diagnosis, consult with a medical professional such as one suggested on this website. The Clinic Accelerator Inc. and the author of this page are not liable for the associated risks of using or acting upon the information contained in this article.

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