Andrea Lee- Clinic Founder and Osteopathic Manual Therapist & Stacey Kerslake- Writer
As you prepare to hit the slopes this winter, it is extremely important to be aware of the physical demands that snow sports have on the body. Although, skiing and snowboarding can be safe, unexpected injuries can occur if you are not properly prepared. Each year our clinic sees an increase in patients with ski and snowboard related injuries, and many injuries can be prevented with proper physical preparation, proper, well-fitted equipment and of course a little common sense.
Andrea Lee, Osteopath M.OMSc & Stacey Kerslake
We experienced our first snowfall of the winter last week, and now that the dreaded Canadian winter is here, we are digging out our winter gear, and dusting off our snow shovels. Many people underestimate how strenuous shovelling can be, however, every year, our clinic sees an increase in shovelling related injuries, with low back strain being the most common of injuries. Other snow shovelling injuries include sore muscles, herniated disks, broken bones, and even heart attacks, especially in adults over 55.
It is extremely important that you are warmed up and prepared before heading out to move the white stuff. We have broken down the steps you need to take before, during and after snow shovelling to ensure you are taking the best care of your body, while preventing injury.