Knee ligament injuries account for 35% of all ski injuries according to a nine year study. The incidence rate is 2.6 injuries per 1000 skier days. Which is significantly less than in the 1950’s and 60’s where the incidence rate was 9.6 injuries per 1000 skier days. We continue to see a significant amount of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears that require reconstruction from skiing injuries. Although we get our patients back on the slopes, prevention is a better strategy.
Although improved equipment, especially binding technology has decreased the rate of injury, knee ligament injuries are common. Injuries to the medial collateral ligament and anterior cruciate ligament have increased while ankle injuries and fractures to the lower extremity have decreased.
There are many good articles and programs that address injury prevention and skiing fitness. The program presented by EXOS is specific, with excellent videos that address proper technique. Prevention of serious knee ligament injuries sustained during skiing may be accomplished by preparing your body for the demands of the sports. Here is the link by EXOS http://www.coreperformance.com/knowledge/workouts/prepare-for-winter-ski-season.html. Have a great ski season.