Skiers: How To Avoide ACL Tears

January 6, 2014 8:22 am 1 comment

First, as HealthDay reports, of the nearly 144,000 skiing injuries in the United States each year, the most common is a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Yes, it hurts, and worse,617083.TIF it puts you out of action for the rest of the ski season. The good news, says David Lintner, chief of sports medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital, is that you can reduce the likelihood of torn ACL by building muscle around the knee. The best way to start doing that, Lintner says, is by jumping rope. Playing tennis and basketball are good next steps. What else to look out for? Next on the list of ski injuries, reports HealthDay, is a torn ulnar collateral ligament, also known as skiers thumb. This won’t keep you off the slopes, but it will make opening a bottle of wine more painful than it should be. This week, as record cold sweeps across the country, the biggest risk to skiers may be frostbite and hypothermia. What do to? Cover up, cover up, and cover up. Make frequent stops to the lodge, and remember that the first thing to go when hypothermia strikes is common sense. Confusion is a disadvantage in the best of times; in dangerously cold weather it can put your life at risk. If you feel your mind slowing, take a break and warm up. Below, watch a video on the proper way to jump rope.

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