In winter, the mountain attracts many tourists who are either looking for one relaxing holidays, in which to enjoy the spectacular landscapes "painted”Of nature, either for the practice of winter sports, or for both. However, winter sports can expose you to the risk of injury if they are not practiced correctly or safely. Therefore, in order to keep the winter holiday as a beautiful memory, we invite you to further discover which are the most frequent injuries that occur on the slope and which would be the most important rules of prevention!
During the cold season, statistically speaking, the number of those who turn to orthopedic services increases, and the main cause is the increased incidence of injuries after practicing a winter sport.
Among the most common injuries that can occur on the slope would be caused by:
1. Falls and collisions, which can cause:
- joint injuries (knees, shoulders, elbows and hands);
- minor contusions or sprains;
- dislocations with ligament tears or fractures;
- craniocelebral traumas.
In the top of the injuries is the injury of the anterior cruciate ligament. The rupture occurs during a winter sport, when the foot is stuck in one position, due to a handling error, and the body goes in another direction. That excessive rotation combined with lateral tilt causes this injury, the severity of which can only be assessed by an orthopedist. After establishing a diagnosis, the doctor will decide if the solution is an appropriate treatment or surgery.
Injuries to the head and spine also have an increased incidence. Obviously, there are two areas we want to be least affected by an accident, but it can happen. Most often, the cause is a collision or a fall after a jump. In these situations, the role of the equipment is very important. It can even make the difference between how serious the consequences can be. Therefore, pay close attention to his choice!
2. Overuse, which can cause damage to muscles and joints.
In the ecstasy we feel when we are on the slope, we eliminate from our minds the thought that we are taking risks. It is important to rejoice and not think about what is worse, but a prevention and an adaptation to the conditions in which we will practice that sport can keep us that ecstasy. Moreover, after the dose of adrenaline provided by practicing these sports, you will leave there happier than you were.
In order to understand how to protect ourselves, we must understand what would cause injuries, in order to have this advantage on our side. Usually, injuries are a result of:
An uncontrolled fall (collapses that overload the ligaments or landings in which the balance of the skis is lost);
Wrong practice techniques;
The tendency to mortify the fall with the hands;
Non-adaptation of the maneuvers to the speed, to the state of the snow, to the atmospheric conditions and to the density of the traffic on the slope;
Lack of proper equipment;
Lack of training before playing sports.
Many endorphins, more calories consumed and improved immunity come with the joy of practicing any winter sport. Whether you choose to ski or snowboard, in the winter months you have the slopes for you and for enthusiasts like you.
And to avoid incidents, those "fun-blocks" of the holiday, take into account these key recommendations:
1. Heating - Before exploring the slope at speed, allow a period of preparation. Muscle warm-up and stretching are very important for a better practice of the sport;
2. Equipment adapted to sports - Any type of sport is practiced only with equipment. And when it comes to choosing sports equipment, it is best to consult with a professional. If you choose your suit according to the latest trends or according to your own preferences related to colors or brand, when it comes to helmets and boots, ask a specialist. The helmet protects your head, that's why it's the last accessory you have to save. Improper boots or incorrectly adjusted connections greatly increase the risk of injury. Their choice is personalized, depending on the needs of each. Talk to a specialist about what is right for you.
3. Pay extra attention on the slope - During practice you need to pay attention to what is happening around you to prevent a collision. If for the more experienced this task is like a sixth sense, for beginners it is a real challenge. An instructor can be the perfect guide for those who want to be better and more confident in their technique, so they unequivocally turn to a specialist with references.
4. Adaptation to existing conditions - You must take into account the condition of the part (ice, thin layer of snow on certain parts, etc.) and atmospheric conditions, to adapt your maneuvers and speed to these variables.
5. Avoid parking on the slope - This contraindication seems obvious, but it happens very often, so it should be mentioned, because, for various reasons, you may be in this position to stop or avoid someone who stopped on the slope .
This would be our guide for winter sports practitioners, but if you have a supplement or an interesting story related to an experience on the slope, we would be happy to share it in a comment.