Physiotherapy Toronto for Winter Sports Injuries

Physiotherapy Toronto Winter SPorts Injuries

Physiotherapy Toronto for Winter Sports Injuries

Physiotherapy Toronto for Winter Sports Injuries

Physiotherapy Toronto Winter SPorts InjuriesToronto Physiotherapy Clinic Ace Physio has compiled a list of the most common Sports Injuries that can occur in winter.  Ace’s Physiotherapists weigh in with tips and advice to keep you playing and having fun, rather than the emergency room.

The Most Common Winter Sports Injuries

Knee Ligament Injuries

The most common skiing injury is a sprain / strain or tear of your Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or your Medial Cruciate Ligament (MCL)

How Do Knee Ligament Injuries Occur?

Injuries to the ligaments of the knees often occurs with falls, especially if the ski’s edges catch the snow causing a forceful twisting of the knee.

How To Avoid Knee Ligament Injuries:

Make sure your bindings are working properly, and are properly set to release your boots from the bindings if you have a fall.

Thumb Injuries

Skier’s Thumb refers to a strain / sprain or tear of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) of the thumb.

How Does Skier’s Thumb Occur?

Often a fall on an outstretched hand with the ski palm in the hand causing the thumb to be bent backwards or to the side causing injury to the UCL.

How To Avoid Skier’s Thumb Injuries?

Skiers should be taught to discard the poles during all falls, skiers should also avoid wrist straps, and use poles with finger groove grips.

Wrist Injury

How Do Wrist Injuries Occur?

Wrist injuries most often occur from falls onto a hard surface with the wrists making first contact and all of the force of your body weight landing on top.

How To Avoid Wrist Injuries?

Taking care to avoid falls is obvious, but in case you do fall proper stretching and warm up of the joint can be very helpful, as well as wearing a wrist guard / wrist splint can help to prevent serious injury or fractures from occurring.
Shoulder Injuries

How Do Shoulder Injuries Occur?

Shoulder injuries often occur from a wall on an outstretched arm, or landing n the tip of your shoulder, also known as the acromioclavicular (AC) joint

How To Avoid Shoulder Injuries?

Stretching and strengthening the rotator cuff muscles around the shoulder can assist in stabilizing the shoulder and preventing injuries.  Further learning to fall or roll in a somersault position with your arms tucked to your sides so that you land on your upper back can help prevent shoulder injuries.

Ankle Sprains

How Do Ankle Sprain Injuries Occur?

Often ankle injuries occur from an improper landing causing twisting of the ankle.

How To Avoid Ankle Sprain Injuries?

For skiiers and snowboarders who do perfrom regular jumps, we recommend working with a Physiotherapist on a balance board and bosu ball to imprve your balance and proprioception (the sense of one’s own body part relative to the other parts of the body).

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About the Author

Brad SaltzBrad is a Registered Physiotherapist at Ace Physio, a highly respected Physiotherapy clinic in downtown Toronto. Ace Physio provides high quality one on one Physiotherapy that combined state-of-art technology such as; Shockwave Therapy, Laser Therapy, and Spinal Decompression with traditional Physiotherapy.View all posts by Brad Saltz