About one third of all skiing and snowboarding injuries involve the ligaments in the knee with the ACL being the most common ligament affected. Fortunately, improvements to boots and bindings are cutting down on the number of fractures, but any sudden twist while you’re in a binding can result in a knee ligament injury.
The best thing you can do to prevent knee injuries is to be cautious of sharp turns, to build up your quad muscles to handle the stress, and wear a knee brace while skiing or snowboarding.
Massage can greatly reduce the time to recovery in a knee injury, and can help you regain mobility quickly.
Snowboarder’s ankle is fracture of the outside Talus bone in the ankle. Oftentimes, snowboarders consider the ankle pain as merely a sprain and avoid having an x-ray to confirm the fracture. In addition, these fractures are difficult to see on x-ray but can be seen easily on a cat scan.
One way to prevent Snowboarder’s ankle is to wear a brace that goes above the ankle to restrain over-movement while snowboarding. Recovery often involves the use of a wobble board to strengthen the muscles used for balance.
Massage can be beneficial to relieve the pain around the area, as well as to help regain flexibility in the ankle joint. Treatment can begin as early as 2 weeks after a talus fracture, or as soon as the swelling subsides in a sprain.
If you fall with your ski pole in hand, you may hyperextend your thumb causing a sprain. There are thumb stabilizers available to wear underneath gloves that will help protect the thumb’s ligaments without restricting range of motion.
If you injure your thumb, massage can greatly help to reduce the pain around the area, and to regain flexibility in your thumb joints. If there is a sprain and no complete ligament tear or fracture, massage can begin as soon as any swelling subsides.
If you sustain a wrist fracture, massage can be beneficial in helping you to regain joint flexibility, and can help with the discomfort. Treatment can begin as early as 2 weeks after a fracture, with gentle massage.
Unfortunately, there are obstacles such as trees, lift towers and rocks that can cause head and spinal injuries if you have a collision. Staying in control and checking your speed are the best ways to prevent collisions. Wearing a helmet is the best way of preventing catastrophic head injuries. If you are involved in a serious collision, you should seek help from the ski patrol, or at the closest medical facility. There’s no sense in taking a chance with a head or spinal injury.
After a collision injury, chances are pretty good that you will experience generalized muscle aches. This is a good time to come in for a thorough neuromuscular massage. A full massage will help you to regain strength, mobility and range of motion while your body recovers from the collision.