All athletes have experienced it some time or another… An aching pain or injury that halts the sport and forces one to take a step back and heal. Whether you run track and have to deal with a pulled hamstring, or play lacrosse and have unbearable pain in your shoulder, it’s typical to run into a roadblock.
You can use it as a time to learn how to take better care of your body to prevent any further injuries. But out of all of the sports and recreational activities that exist, it’s fair to say that skiing on weak knees is as painful as it gets. Knee injuries are indeed a common impairment in Alpine skiers, especially as it pertains to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). And although there’s many different ways that you can injure your knee, the two most common scenarios are termed the Phantom Foot and the Boot Induced.
The Phantom Foot ACL injury pertains to the tail of the ski acting as a lever against the human foot, which points in the opposite direction. When skiing downhill, this lever can cause twisting and bending force to the knee in combination with the stiff back of the ski boot. The Boot Induced ACL injury, on the other hand, explains a type of injury in which skiers are off balance as they make a hard landing from a jump. Both common types of injuries are easy to avoid with proper education.
To learn more in depth about these two types of injuries, visit vermontskisafety.com. But in the meantime, explore our personal tips for skiing with bad knees before your next trip to the mountain.
The most obvious tip right off the bat is to remember proper technique as you carve down the slopes. As a refresher, you will want your hands and weight forward, and your hips, knees, and ankles flexing equally. And does anyone else remember the french fry tip!? Keep your skis parallel like your favorite shoestring french fries to prevent the skis from crossing over or tripping you up.