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Physiotherapy 101: Top tips to stay healthy on the slopes this winter

As the winter weather dampens Vancouver, the mountain slopes are prime for ski and snowboard season. It’s fun to get out of the city and enjoy the fresh snow, but what should you do if you get injured? The St. Paul’s Hospital physiotherapists, and patient rep (and member of the National BC Ski Team) Anthony Bing, have some tips to prevent injuries, alleviate pain, and keep moving for life. Here is Physiothereapy 101: Skiing and Snowboarding.

To prevent injury, alleviate pain and keep moving for life

  1. Develop strength in the off-season
  2. Warm up before hitting the slopes to prevent injury
  3. Drink water
  4. Choose the right equipment

Check out more from the Physiotherapy Association of BC.

It is important to have any injury assessed immediately so you can receive the right care to prevent further damage.

Physiotherapists have the skills to effectively treat most conditions to help maximize your potential for recovery.

If you injure yourself remember P.R.I.C.E

P: Protection to prevent further injury e.g. braces, slings or crutches.

R: Rest for 48 – 72 hours following injury to let things heal.

I: Ice. Apply ice wrapped in a damp towel for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off, 10 minutes on, every 2–3 hours during the day for the first 48 –- 72 hours following the injury. DO NOT use ice if you are sensitive to cold, if you can’t tell if something is too hot or too cold on your skin or if your Dr has told you that your circulation is poor and that you should not use ice

C: Compression with a simple elastic bandage, which should be snug, but not tight. Remove before going to sleep.

E: Elevate the injured area above the level of your heart to   help reduce swelling.

Don’t forget to wear a helmet, have fun and follow the skiers’ safety code:

Be Aware

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