Skiing is a winter sport played gliding on the snow. It is a fun activity to do in the cold and while the snow is fresh and skiable. Skiing is not as easy as sliding over the sliding pond in the playground; it requires proper guidance and skiing equipment.
In the open area of white snow, you may not see any stumbling blocks, but you may fall and injure yourself if skiing lessons and safety precautions are not taken.
Causes of shoulder injuries
Most of the shoulder injuries are because of fall.
- Shoulder muscles strain: the muscles around the shoulder joint are likely to get strain due to overuse and improper use of the muscles while skiing uphill where upper limb force is used more.
- Shoulder dislocations: when ski boots are not well fitted and ski poles not firmly fixed to the ground during the time of skiing, there are chances of losing balance and fall. It may hit your shoulder and may get dislocated.
- Shoulder fractures: during the competitive skiing race, skiers may accidentally hit and run over one another, causing significant injuries even shoulder fractures.
- Shoulder joint instability: improper use of ski poles may disrupt the coordinated movements in the lower limb, sometimes causing you to fall on the outstretched shoulder, resulting in pain and instability in the joint.
- Shoulder muscles soreness: skiing is a strenuous activity, muscle soreness usually occur due to lack of warm up before and cooling down exercise after skiing.
How to prevent shoulder injuries when skiing
- Attend skiing lesson: the very first step to start skiing is to attend skiing classes not just to learn how to ski but also to prevent the risk of falling by allowing the trainer to guide you ski safely.
- Wear protective equipment: wearing protective equipment of correct fitting and getting familiar with the uses of equipment may help overcome mishap or prevent injuries.
- Warm up exercises: the ski suit and the gloves may keep the body warm, but it is a must to do warm-up exercises as it helps activate muscles that are to be used. It prepares the muscles for the activity and reduces the risk of muscle wear and tear.
- Use of brace: if the shoulder is weak or injured in the past, it is an advantage to use brace. It is a strap that passes over and wraps the shoulder to provide support during strenuous activity.
- Follow the guide: let the guide have control over every skiing session. He may know every turning point of the ski trail. Skiing without rest in between may also injure the shoulder.
Skiing shoulder injuries are preventable with proper workouts. Physiotherapy may help strengthen your shoulder muscles and improve shoulder flexibility, enabling it to be strong when skiing.