Most people ski and snowboard recreationally in the winter months, and because of this they may be unaware of the common injuries that are caused by both activities. While skiing and snowboarding are both simple and easy to learn, there are several injuries that even amateurs doing them recreationally may suffer.
Some of the most common ski injuries can include shoulder dislocations, strained back, sprained or fractured wrists, and knee sprain. As for snowboard injuries, these usually happen in the wrists and knees, as these are the areas in the body that absorb most of the impact from the landings and falls. You may also experience something more long-term such as patellar tendonitis, meniscus tears, and ACL tears. Not only do you have to think about the impact of falls, but how fast you are going when these falls occur.
Wearing the proper bracing for your knees, wrists, and back can help you with the soreness common amongst skiing and snowboarding, on top of the sprains, strains, and other injuries previously mentioned. As the back controls your balance while skiing on the slope, most of the force that goes through your body goes into your back, leading to soreness and back aches.
Skiing and snowboarding braces are designed to take the impact off of your muscles and joints, preventing ligament and tendon tears, or even more serious types of injuries. By compressing your knee, wrists, and back together, it adds stability, strength, and warmth to these areas of the body, keeping them moving naturally while having the extra support needed for safety.
When holidaying this winter and taking up skiing or snowboarding, make sure to invest in the right braces so you can fully enjoy your time rather than worrying about aches and more serious injuries.