Skiing is for many a fun and safe sport, but as with all sports it does have its common injuries. Some of these are minor and others not so minor but with the introduction of helmets, improved mountain management teams and modern ski and snow board equipment the sport has seen a 50% decrease in injuries over the past decade. Here our Wantage Chiropractor provides an overview of two of the most common snow sport injuries.

Knee injuries are common in skiing due to the relatively fixed position of the foot and ankle in the ski boot and ski binding, whilst the knees are slightly flexed and take the majority of the impact of the terrain. The most common knee injury is that of the medial collateral ligament (MCL). This usually occurs during a snow plow position which puts strain on the inside aspect of the knee which is then exacerbated during a fall, when the skis cross or the legs widen whilst skiing. Fortunately with a tailored pre-season workout, correct ski and ski boot fittings you can minimise the chances of a MCL injury.

Thumb injuries are a very common upper limb injury when skiing, partly due to the strapping of hands through ski poles and the overuse of poles when falling. The most common injury to this region is that of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). When skiing it is really important to not resist a fall and release your poles to avoid a UCL tear.

Espina Chiropractic and Sports Clinic is perfectly placed to diagnose and treat sporting injuries obtained through skiing or any other sport. With a wealth of experience in the field of sports injury and trauma our Wantage Chiropractor can offer a personally tailored treatment plan and rehabilitation system to ensure you return to your sport as quickly as possible.

To book an appointment at Espina Chiropractic Clinic email us on or telephone 01235 410708.