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Pre-Season Athletic Training Helps Prevent Injury for Skiers and Boarders
Pre-Season Athletic Training Helps Prevent Injury for Skiers and Boarders

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Falls account for 75 to 85 percent of all skiing injuries, according to the American College of Sports Medicine, and these injuries can have long-lasting effects.  Most common is damage to the knee. Fitness experts say proper conditioning can make the difference between a fun weekend on the slopes and one waylaid by injury.

“Skiing first is technique,” said Robert Forster, a Los Angeles-based physical therapist and founder of Phase IV Scientific Health and Performance Center. “If your quads (muscles) are just burning up on the runs, then you’re not skiing right.”  To minimize fatigue and risk of injury, Forster, physical therapist to 42 Olympic medalists, suggests getting in ski-shape before hitting the slopes.

Jessica Matthews, an exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise, suggests that even those already in good condition would benefit by integrating sports-specific pre-ski training into their workout.  “Prepare the body to move in short bursts,” said Matthews, who notes that skiing demands carving back and forth, rapid turns and sudden changes of direction.

The M.O.G. in South Portland, Maine is offering pre-season training for skiers and snowboarders. These group and individual sessions are specifically designed to help you:

  • Support quick, powerful core movements
  • Improve agility
  • Increase flexibility
  • Reduce risk of injury
  • Control your equipment

For more information on these sessions or to register, contact the MOG today! 

http://mainemog.com/contact/

This post was excerpted from an article on the Huffington Post website. To read the full article, go to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/19/ski-fitness-injury-fatigue_n_2158922.html

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