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The Secret to Skiing Injury-Free

Don't let an injury ruin an entire season of tearing up the slopes. The technique that'll keep you injury-free this winter.

Thumb

Your hand is often the first thing to hit the ground when you fall and sometimes your thumb will take all the impact. Moles blames most of these injuries on leaning into the turn and clipping your hand or falling. Aguilar's SMFR Advice "Most thumb issues are directly correlated to weakness or tightness of the adductor pollicis muscle," Aguilar says. He recommends performing a release on the area with a Hanbo stick one to two times daily for a minimum of one minute. "The release will break up the tension in the area, he said." What you need: Hanbo (or similar) stick Moles' Technical Skiing Advice Ski with a solid stance and keep your hands up. Tuck and roll when falling.

Back

If you are not in a solid position while skiing, bumps and changing snow conditions can really mess with your back. Aguilar's SMFR Advice Aguilar mentions that skiers are placing a great deal of tension in the back because of the great deal of lateral stability involved in the sport. He recommends focusing attention on release points in the gluteus medius and minimus to break up tension. Perform lacrosse ball releases on the area one to two times daily for a minimum of one minute. What you need: Lacrosse ball Moles' Technical Skiing Advice "To combat a possible back problem, stay in an athletic position while skiing utilizing your core muscles for stability," Mole says. He also recommends taking it easy in the early season as your body is not in ski shape.

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