Like shin splints, shin bang happens when you're not positioned right in your skis. Moles says, "It mostly happens when landing jumps, if you are leaning back on the boot there's a ton of strain on your shins." Aguilar's SMFR Advice It's the tibialis anterior muscle that takes the brunt when landing jumps. Aguilar recommends rolling the Hanbo stick over the area similarly to a rolling pin on dough. Perform the release one to two times daily for a minimum of one minute. "This release point is specifically for the relaxation of this over-worked muscle," Aguilar says. What you need: Hanbo (or similar) stick Moles' Technical Skiing Advice "Stay forward and centered on your skis and practice small jumps before you go huge," Moles says.
Mostly happens when falling. Can also happen with repetitive hard pole planting and flailing arms. Aguilar's SMFR Advice Shoulder injuries are most common when pectoral muscles are too strong and pull the shoulder out of position and make the rotator cuff overwork for stability. "The pectoral release will re-align this shoulder imbalance," Aguilar says. He recommends performing the release on the area with a lacrosse ball one to two times daily for a minimum of one minute. What you need: Lacrosse ball Mole's Technical Skiing Advice "Stay in shape and stay in a solid position while you are skiing and try to tuck and roll when you fall," Moles says. NEXT: Thumb & Back