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Avoiding Ski Injuries

At Handy & Handy Law we can help you out with your injury claim if you are harmed while skiing. However, there are some ways you can avoid a skiing accident in the first place. First and foremost, all skiers and snowboarders should become familiar with the Skier Responsibility Code. As for protecting yourself from injuries, here are some pointers:

Avoid: ACL Injuries

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are the most common of all skiing injuries. They can cause issues in the future, which can make it difficult to ski or even walk. ACL injuries can happen if you catch the edge of a ski and abruptly rotate your leg or in a jump or fall. Rigid ski boots lock the ankle and lower leg into one position, making it impossible to transfer the shock of a fall through the legs and placing pressure right on the knee. To avoid injury, skiers shouldn't ski on slopes they are unfamiliar with or do tricks that could cause a fall. In addition, keeping a 45-degree angle on the skis can help avoid catching.

Avoid: Head Injury

A head injury is one of the most severe injuries a skier can experience and these make up 10 to 12 percent of all skiing injuries. Though the likelihood of this happening often is low, head injuries are dangerous and need to be avoided. They typically occur due to poor head protection and fast speeds. Should a skier fall in a speed of 80 MPH or more, their head will often bounce on the snow and cause repeated injury. Skiers need to have proper head protection and only ski on slopes they are comfortable with during times with high visibility.

Avoid: Skier's Thumb

This is a fairly common injury that probably occurs more than it is actually reported. Skier's thumb happens when the skier attempts to break a fall with their hand, as the hand naturally extends to brace for a fall. When the pole is also in the hand, the thumb will hyperextend on impact, causing the ulnar collateral ligament to tear. To avoid this injury, skiers should let go of the pole during a fall. When you don't grasp onto the pole it reduces the chances of a tear.

Avoid: Broken leg

Broken legs are often the result of careless skiing and extreme tricks. Skiers can break their leg when losing control of a single ski and during the fall they may catch the inside of one ski. This causes a sudden rotation that breaks their leg. These accidents make up only 5 percent of all skiing accidents and they can be avoided by strengthening the leg muscles. Keep your angle at 45 degrees to lessen the strain on your legs and avoid catching the ski.

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