Health Watch - Winter Fun: Ski Preparation

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about outdoor winter fun. Winter is ski season. Before you hit the ski slopes, take time to prepare yourself, and you can avoid a lot of injuries.

Because skiing isn’t a year-round activity in most places, you may be a little out of shape the first time you strap on the skis. Dr. Robert Dimeff, a sports medicine specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says getting in shape for skiing is the best preparation. You’ll need to strengthen the core muscles in your back and abdomen, as well as your hips and lower legs. Good exercises include crunches, back extensions, squats, lunges and balance exercises.

Ski injuries are most likely to happen late in the day, when skiers are tired, or early in the day before skiers are warmed up. Aerobic conditioning before a ski trip can improve endurance and reduce the risk of fatigue from activity. Talk to your doctor before you begin any exercise program.    

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January 2011


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