Skiing can be one of the most intoxicating ways to enjoy the winter months. Every year, amateurs and professionals alike fill the slopes with hopes of an exhilarating run. The feeling of surging down the slopes can be intoxicating, but the ensuing bodily pain can leave you bedridden for days on end. Back pain is one of the most common ailments associated with skiing. Sharp back pain can make simple tasks like tying your shoes more difficult than you ever imagined.
We know that you would rather be enjoying the slopes than icing your sore muscles. To help you fully enjoy your next skiing adventure, take heed to these six tips to reduce pain while skiing.
Correctly Position Your Knees
Many skiers tend to bend their knee inwards while skiing rather than keeping them balanced above their feet. Improper alignment can lead to chronic knee pain. You may be doing this regularly and have no idea. To best address this issue, practice your stance in the mirror. Properly align your knees with your second and third toe, and practice straightening and bending you knees repeatedly.
Strengthen Your Quads
A massive amount of pressure is applied to your quads when skiing. Weak quads can lead to weary muscles and the inability to ski for an extended amount of time. Strong quads allow you to properly align your knees for the best possible form. We recommend that you try cycling in the off-season to maintain and increase quad strength.
Strengthen Your Core
Your core controls your entire body. In order to perform certain twists and contortions, your core must be strong to keep you balanced during the process. Improving the strength of your core muscles can alleviate any possible back pain as well. We suggest that you regularly exercise your core for the best possible skiing experience.
This should go without saying. Your body needs to stay hydrated to operate. Sports such as skiing require an immense amount of energy to perform the necessary movements. Dehydration can lead to cramps and other unnecessary injuries. Hydrated muscles are effective and can help enhance form while improving endurance.
Stay Fit Year-round
Even though skiing season is only during winter months, you must stay fit year-round. Like any other sport, the training that you do during the off-season will show once it is time to put it to the test. Even if you are a casual skier, it would behoove you to keep your body physically active to be able to withstand the immense pressure applied while skiing.
Whether it be back, joint, or knee pain, if it affects you regularly, it needs to be addressed by a professional. Board-certified pain experts at Garden State Pain Control can help ease your chronic pain. Do not suffer in silence. Contact us today to set an appointment with an experienced New Jersey pain expert.