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Clinic Will Help Avoid Ski Injuries

Skiers need to get their leg muscles in shape before hitting the slopes. And one way to do that is at the ONS  Foundation for Clinical Research and Education ’s annual Ski Conditioning and Injury Prevention Seminar.

“Don’t wait for the snow to start falling to prepare your body for the ski season,” said Dr. Steven Hindman, orthopedic surgeon. “The sooner you start a conditioning program the better.”

According to Hindman, the most common, but serious,  injury is a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in the knee, which can happen when a skier tries to recover from a fall in which his weight drops backward over the ski tails, shooting the skis forward and putting stress on the ACL. Strengthening upper and lower leg muscles can help to stabilize the knee prior to stress situations.

“Most people go from their car to the ski lift without even a single stretch,” he said. “Skiing requires muscles and muscle groups that are used very little the rest of the year.” Hindman said strengthening and conditioning should begin two to three months before the first ski trip of the season, but that it’s never too late to benefit from a program geared to winter mountain sports.

The free seminar will take place Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the ONS building at 6 Greenwich Office Park, 10 Valley Drive. Hindman and orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Dr. Tim Greene will discuss the causes of common skiing injuries and how they can be avoided. The session will include tips on safe skiing and information on treatments for common injuries like a ruptured CL. ONS physical therapist Chalon Lefebvre will demonstrate  ski conditioning and strengthening exercises. Registration is requested. Call (203) 869-3131 or register by email .

Heading to the slopes this year? Be sure to prepare for the physical demands of the sport with tips from the ONS Foundation Foundation for Clinical Research and Education at its annual Ski Conditioning and Injury Prevention Seminar.

“Don’t wait for the snow to start falling to prepare your body for the ski season,” said Dr. Steven Hindman, orthopedic surgeon of the foundation. “The sooner you start a conditioning program the better.”

According to Dr. Hindman, the most common, but serious injury is a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in the knee, which can happen when a skier tries to recover from a fall in which his weight drops backward over the ski tails, triggering skis to shoot forward, putting stress on the ACL. Strengthening upper and lower leg muscles can help to stabilize the knee prior to stress situations.

“Most people go from their car to the ski lift without even a single stretch,” he said. “Skiing requires muscles and muscle groups that are used very little the rest of the year.” Hindman said ideally strengthening and conditioning should begin two to three months prior to the first ski of the season, but it’s never too late to benefit from a program geared to winter mountain sports.

The free seminar will take place on Tuesday Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the ONS building located at 6 Greenwich Office Park at 10 Valley Drive. Dr. Hindman and orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Dr. Tim Greene will discuss the causes of common skiing injuries and how they may be avoided. It will include tips on safe skiing and information on treatments for common injuries like a ruptured CL. Chalon Lefebvre, physical therapist of ONS Physical Therapy, will present a demonstration of ski conditioning and strengthening exercises. Registration is requested. Call (203) 869-3131 or by email .

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