Friday, January 22

How to go skiing well protected from Covid-19 and injuries?

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We have just entered the new year and the typical cold of these dates has put the thermometers of half of Spain below zero, with snow even in some large cities and in the mountains at very low levels.

But this situation, which for many involves cold and discomfort when traveling, becomes a great news for children and especially for lovers of skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports.

In Spain there are more than 1,000 kilometers of ski slopes, so “bad weather” will allow us to go to most ski resorts, where sports practice with snow will also be submitted to anti-Covid-19 sanitary measures.

To make things easier for lovers of these sports, the Tourist Association of Mountain Ski Resorts (ATU DEM) and the Catalan Association of Ski Resorts and Mountain Activities (Ace), have produced a very practical guide on how to get along in a hill station without risk of contagion or contagion.

Among the advantages offered by skiing in times of coronavirus is that it is an individual sport that takes place outdoors. In addition, the size of the skis makes it much easier to stay away from the surrounding people.

Despite this, the guide recalls the need to maintain the required physical distance in all areas where crowds may occur (waiting areas for access to ski lifts, classes, equipment rental areas or catering establishments). And of course, wear the mask forever.

But since everything is not Covid-19, if we think that going up to the snow to practice sports is a good option to spend these days on vacation, perhaps it would be good to hear the advice from orthopedists so as not to end up injured.

To avoid suffering the most typical winter sports injuries (knee, skier’s toe, etc.) the Spanish Society of Sports Traumatology (Trade) offers a series of recommendations.

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Before putting on your skis the first thing is To be in good physical shape. And if you have practiced any sport during the rest of the year, your body will be prepared to face any decline.

In particular, it is important to have exercises that involve the joints, spine, and extremities.

The most expert will not need it, but if you are going to ski for the first time, do not play it. Taking classes with a specialized instructor will help you prepare and master the technique.

Of course, ski equipment must be appropriate and in perfect condition. Make sure the bindings are well regulated and don’t forget the sunglasses. Sun and snow can be a bad combination and cause eye injury.

And finally, Before putting on the mask, apply powerful sun protection to avoid skin burns.

With all the equipment ready, we have to warm up. Any exercise that exercises joint flexibility is convenient, such as performing circular motions with the ankles, knees, and hips.

To the rotation of the joints, we will add stretching of the trunk, arms, neck and, fundamentally, the wrists.

And once we are well-equipped, we have the equipment ready, and we have warmed up, with the sunglasses and the cream on our faces, because we can hit the slopes. Yes, always with an eye on the other skiers. Any mistake can cause a collision and, consequently, an injury.

Do not forget stop when you notice the first symptoms of tiredness. Forcing the body to continue skiing can affect technique and cause a fall.

And although with curfews established in all communities, nightlife is very limited, don’t forget to get enough rest. Too many injuries are caused by fatigue caused by lack of sleep.

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