• When Prevention Is Better Than Cure

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s Hippocrates said 2500 years ago: “Prevention is better than cure!” There is a feeling that the novelty has worn off. That’s true! For him, it was a forward looking hope, but for contemporaneous athletes it is a chance.

The chance is real for those who knows how to prevent their injuries. Today we focus on skiing and snowboarding, but for anyone in the field of sport, open your ears!

Thousands of skiers and snowboarders all over the world enjoy slopes every year, but a restricted number of them are physically and mentally ready for preventing injuries. At the same time, bad weather condition, as well misconduct can compromise the time spent on snow.
As it might be more than clear, some injuries cannot be budgeted, but some of them can be prevented.

What kind of injuries skiers and snowboarders are more exposed to?
In the majority of cases, it can be a matter of external factors: rough terrain, so falls and collisions. But sometimes, physical fatigue, especially after a full day on the slopes, can be the cause of injuries.

The most common issues that predispose people to injury are:

  • don’t take proper rest
  • Try to exceed personal ability and level
  • Inappropriate equipment
  • Difficulties of adaptation at different atlitude
  • Dehydration/fatigue
  • Skiing/snowboarding off track or in prohibited areas
  • Disregard in paying attention to warning signs

What are the most common snow sports injuries?

  • Knee injuries: anterior cruciate or collateral (ACL) ligament injuries
  • Shoulder dislocations or fractures
  • Shoulder separations
  • Lower extremity fractures
  • Spinal injuries
  • Closed head injuries
  • Wrist, hand, or thumb injuries.

For sure, it is possible to reduce snow sport injuries risk by using proper instruction and equipment and the following guidelines should be followed:

  • Maintain a proper physical condition or stay fit all over the year!
  • Warm up both physically and mentally
  • Hydrate
  • Be aware of safety and lift safety rules

At the same time, you can not ignore the importance of wearing appropriate equipment: several layers of water and wind resistant technical apparel both for warm and protection, test your ski boots and check the binding of ski before skiing. Last but not least, wear appropriate protective gear, such as helmet and goggle!

But, what about, especially in the case you already suffer from a previous ailments, investing some money in some prevention braces to be used before and during the sport activities?

Check all the sport prevention equipment handpicked by Sportevo