Common Skiing & Snowboarding Injuries

Common Skiing & Snowboarding Injuries

Skiing and snowboarding are popular winter sports that provide a thrilling experience for participants. However, as with any physical activity, there is a risk of injury. At New York Sports Medicine Institute, our orthopedists are well-versed in treating various injuries that can occur during outdoor activities. Continue reading to learn more about the most common snowboarding and skiing injuries and how we can help!

Common Skiing & Snowboarding Injuries

The majority of snowsport injuries are traumatic. Due to the dangerous terrain and icy conditions, falls, collisions and lift accidents are all causes of skiing or snowboarding injuries. Fatigue can also be blamed for an injury after a long day on the slopes. The most common injuries associated with skiing and snowboarding include:

  • Sprains – Sprains occur when the ligaments that connect bones are stretched or torn. The most common areas for sprains in skiing and snowboarding are the knee and ankle.
  • Fractures – Fractures occur when a bone is broken. Common fractures in skiing and snowboarding include those of the upper and lower leg bones and wrist fractures from falls.
  • Head Injuries – Head injuries are also a concern in skiing and snowboarding, as a fall can result in a concussion or traumatic brain injury. 
  • Spinal injuries – Spinal injuries, while less common, can also occur in these sports and can result in serious long-term complications.

Treating Snowboarding and Skiing Injuries

At New York Sports Medicine Institute, our orthopedic experts specialize in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions and can effectively treat skiing and snowboarding injuries. Our team will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your injury and determine the best approach to get you back to total health. Some treatment options can include the following:

  • RICE Method – Treatment for sprains and fractures typically includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE method) to reduce swelling and pain. 
  • Medication – Medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen may also be prescribed to relieve pain. We may also recommend therapeutic PRP injections to help boost healing and relieve pain. 
  • Surgery – In more severe cases, surgery may be required to repair damaged ligaments or bones. In the case of head or spinal injuries, our orthopedist may refer the patient to a neurologist or neurosurgeon for specialized treatment.
  • Therapeutic Exercises – Physical therapy exercises may also be prescribed to help the injured area heal and to restore strength and range of motion.

Preventing Snowsport Injuries

The best way to deal with these injuries is to prevent them from happening in the first place. While accidents aren’t always avoidable, there are several precautions snowboarders and skiers can take to lessen their risk of injury. Here are some tips for avoiding winter sports-related injuries:

  • If you’re a beginner, make sure to attend some learning courses to learn proper technique and safety guidelines before hitting the slopes. 
  • Perform warm-up and cool-down exercises before any activity. 
  • Stay aware of your surroundings and watch other skiers, snowboarders, trees, or holes on the slopes.
  • Wear the proper protective gear like helmets, glasses, goggles, or other pads. 
  • Know your limitations and avoid pushing yourself beyond your ability.
  • Take breaks and rest to avoid fatigue while snowboarding or skiing. 

While skiing and snowboarding are enjoyable winter sports, it is crucial to be aware of the risks of injury and to take proper precautions to prevent them. Our orthopedists are equipped to diagnose and treat various injuries associated with these sports. If you experience pain or suspect an injury while snowboarding or skiing, it’s crucial to consult with an experienced orthopedist for care. 

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Skiing and snowboarding injuries can be serious and debilitating, but with proper care and treatment from an orthopedist, they can be effectively managed and treated. If you experience any pain or discomfort while skiing or snowboarding, New York Sports Medicine Institute is here to help! Contact us today to request an appointment for care.