You’re almost there. The initial ACL injury you sustained months ago seems so distant. You’ve endured all the time healing from the surgery, the rehab, and now you are pushing ahead to get better, stronger and faster. You can almost taste the grass, outperforming your opponents, and scoring a goal in the final minutes of the game.
Cross country skiing or “Nordic Skiing” gets to shine in the spotlight every four years with the Winter Olympic coverage. However, this sport is great every year with many health benefits and a low risk for injuries.
Skiing is a great winter sport for people of all ages. However as with any sport, there is a risk for injury.
For most people, skiing is an activity that they get to participate in only a few times each year. This means the body is not able to remain as conditioned for this activity, which can lead to injuries. Skiing tends to place more stress on the lower body – specifically the knee. This can result in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries. That said, the upper body can also be injured if a skier falls landing on their arm or shoulder. Thankfully there are some exercises that can easily be performed at home to try to decrease the risk of these injuries.
Skiing is a popular outdoor winter activity that we tend to hear a lot about during the Winter Olympic Games. With the Winter Olympics occurring in PyeongChang this year, it is expected that the skiing will be making headlines in the coming weeks – from discussing amazing performances to unpredictable injuries.
Sports that involve high levels of running and jumping can leave athletes at increased risk for certain injuries. Basketball is an example of a sport that can predispose athletes to knee pain. Several studies have shown that the knee is the most common site of injury reported in adolescent basketball players, both male and female.1,2
Overhead athletes play a variety of sports, including baseball, lacrosse, football, volleyball and even tennis. These athletes require power and strength in their dominant extremity for overhead positions. However, it is important to also consider the lower extremities of these athletes in a strengthening program.
It is estimated that the average adult has between 1 and 6 colds each year,1 but athletes who engage in heavy training and competition may suffer more frequent colds.2