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Common Injuries From a Day On The Slopes!

| January 22, 2014 | Reply


Living in Edmonton requires that we drive a little ways to get onto the epic Rocky Mountain or British Columbia ski hills.  But once you get there with your skis or snow board you never regret it!  The view of 1,000 Peaks at Panorama is so amazing!    Although downhill skiing and snowboarding on gorgeous snow covered mountain runs can be heavenly, the strain and sprain injuries that can and do occur with both sports can be Hades-like.

Let’s Start With Snowboarding!

I can still feel the pain of landing on my bee-hind 15 years after the first time I learnt to snowboard!  Whether you ride goofy or regular both of your feet are strapped to the board facing the same general direction.  When you fall you have two options: backwards or forwards.  Most of the injuries we see that relate to snowboarding are to the upper body from falling forward.  When you catch an edge and fall forward it is a reaction to put your arms out in front of you.  Your wrists, elbows and shoulders are now responsible for absorbing the force of you landing and an injury can occur anywhere along that path. Common injuries include fractured wrists, fractured collarbones and rotator cuff injuries. 

Now For the Skiers!

Skiing is easier on your backside and upper body but much, much harder on your leg: specifically your knees.  Most of the injuries we see from skiers are torque type injuries.  This happens when your lower leg from your knee down rotates one direction and the rest of your body is rotating the other direction.  The resulting injury is usually a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament or ACL for short.  

You can help decrease your risk of injury by wearing protective gear while you are enjoying these winter sports, but if you do suffer an injury make sure to seek help from a Physiotherapist right away.  The sooner you get treatment the sooner you can get back on the slopes!


Capilano Rehab Centre | Physical Therapy Capilano physical therapists have provided state-of-the-art physical therapy, sports physiotherapy, back pain, WCB, accident, whiplash and injury rehab to clients in Edmonton for over 10 years.

5832 Terrace Rd Edmonton, AB. T6A 3Y8

(780) 466-1104


Category: Active Living, Community, Fractures, Healthy Living, Physiotherapy

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I am Capilano Rehab Centre’s Community Care Coordinator. I have been with Capilano Rehab for 9 years primarily as a Physio Assistant, but also as a Receptionist. I have a Physical Education Degree from the University of Alberta, which I will eventually use when my two young children are grown up. In the mean time I am enjoying helping people in the Community through my role as Community Care Coordinator and bringing awareness to how a Physiotherapist can help you get back to the activities you love the most!

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