Health Watch: Skiing Safty Tips

December 21, 2011 by Lila Delilah

‘Tis the season for overeating, gift giving and, oh yes, our favorite, vacation. Before you hit the double black dimaond, however, you might want to consider a few expert tips.

Dr. Jerry Lubliner, chief of orthopedics and sports medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center suggests, taking it easy when you first arrive at your ski destination, especially if it’s your first time out for the season. “On your second day, cut your skiing down to half a day. It takes 48 hours or more to get acclimated to the thin air and altitude.  The second and third days are when fatigue sets in and many injuries occur.”

It’s essential that you stretch. When muscles are stiff, injuries happen, so spend at least ten minutes warming up. Pay close attention to stretching the quads and calves, which can be easily stressed on the slopes.

If you do get hurt or feel pain don’t ignore it, says Dr. Lubliner, who has 27 years of experience in orthopedics. Remember the easy acronym “RICE”– Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation, but injuries like a broken bone need to be addressed immediately. 

If you are diagnosed with a ligament or meniscal tear, don’t feel pressured to have surgery at your the local resort hospital. “Most injuries need time for the body to regain motion before surgery. It’s best to wait 10 to 14 days for swelling to subside before heading to the operating table,” Dr. Lubliner cautions.

Dr. Lubliner says that he often has patients where ski partners, spouses and friends ski into one another causing injuries that require surgery. So watch where you’re skiing!

Dr. Jerry Lubliner
Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
215 E 73rd St # 1C
(212) 249-8200

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