Snowboarding / Skiing / Snowshoeing Injuries / Aches and Pains

With this colder weather, it has been great to head up the mountain and hit the slopes. Although, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned snowboarder/skier, if you are not prepared or even just unlucky, injuries will happen. Unexpected/poor weather, improper equipment, improper physical preparation, and poor judgment all lead to injuries.

Most of these can be prevented or kept to a minimum through proper preparation such as warming up, strength training, checking for faulty equipment, practicing correct/safe techniques, and following the rules of the slope. But accidents happen as well as natural aches and pains through the sport occur just like a runner can get runner's knee or a football player feeling sore.

Due to the types of movements made and equipment used, snowboarders and skiers experience slightly different injuries. Snowboarders see more upper-body injuries due to falling and landing with your shoulders/arms/hands the nature of not having any upper body equipment, while skiers see more lower-body injuries due to the twisting and turning motions made putting pressure on hips/knees/ankles.

Here is a list of common snowboarding and skiing injuries:

  • Concussion
  • Shoulder separation/dislocation/fracture
  • Neck strain
  • Anterior, posterior, meniscus cruciate ligament knee injuries (ACL, PCL, MCL)
  • Muscle and lower back strains
  • Herniated Discs
  • Skiers thumb, wrist sprains and tendinitis
  • Fractured fingers
  • Common muscle and joint strains, sprains, soreness

If you do find yourself injured, you should seek a doctor immediately. Even if you believe a chiropractor may not be the correct doctor to help you with your injuries, Dr. Beebe has a deep history in treating sports injuries (he was team chiropractor of the Portland Lumberjacks professional la crosse team!).

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