Pre-habilitation can prevent the need for rehabilitation
A winter holiday is tough work. A full week of skiing can leave you feeling exhausted and with an aching, tired body. Training your muscles before you even leave home is the best way will not only enhance your skiing experience but it could also prevent a nasty injury putting you out of action for weeks or even months after your skiing holiday.
The content team chatted to Helen Feeney, a qualified Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor at APPI Wimbledon to find out more about how best you can prepare your body for your skiing this season.
Why should we train before our winter holidays?
If you asked your average individual to run a half marathon tomorrow, would they do it? For most, the request would be met with resistance due to their perceived lack of preparation or insufficient cardiovascular fitness, strength and endurance to execute the 13 miles, and critically for fear of serious injury. To me, this thought process is a perfectly reasonable and sensible one.
Of course, it does not make sense to do something so physically demanding without adequate physical preparation in the preceding months. I am intrigued and bemused by so many annual ski holiday makers who do little exercise in their day to day life only to throw themselves down a mountain for seven straight days! The reasons we should train for our ski holidays are no different to the reasons we should train to run a half marathon: to reduce the risk of injury.
The shift in force on the body from sitting at a desk for weeks on end to hurtling down pistes is immense. The weaker your recreational downhiller is, the less control they have and the more injury prone they become. The physical act of downhill skiing can be broken down to its basic components. Each of these components can be worked on to build the flexibility, strength and endurance required of each muscle and joint to perform their respective task as efficiently and effectively as possible. By training these muscles you reduce your risk of injury drastically.