Thomas J Salzano: Injury Recovery Tips for Skiers

Rare is the case when you can escape the sport like skiing without injury, says Thomas J Salzano a professional skier. Although the injuries may not be a major one but recover in case of both: a minor injury and a major injury is a must.

Safety measures and precautions are the first steps to avoid and reduce the risk of any major injury. But what if you are injured? What should be your next step?

Thomas says that recovery is a must even in case of a minor injury so never ignore any injury that you get while playing any sport especially the winter sport like skiing.

Ski injuries can affect different areas of a skier’s body like ankles, knees, and wrists. Although not all injuries are critical as in many cases you are able to return to the slopes without much pain and effort. But there are cases where a minor injury also needs special care and treatment before the condition gets worse.

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Here are informative pieces of information shared by Thomas J Salzano, a professional skier on “How to recover from a ski injury?” that will guide you to the next step you should take when injured: 

Injuries like: ACL, MCL tears and sprains 

Rupturing your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or medial collateral ligament are common ski injuries. The cause of injury can be as commonly linked to advancements in ski boots and bindings. The seriousness of this type of injury depends on the pain and swelling around the knee.

In case of a minor injury, you can manage your injury by resting and applying ice packs. You can also opt for anti-inflammatory painkillers, which will help reduce the pain and swelling.

In the case of severe pain visiting a physiotherapist, sports physician or orthopedic surgeon is the best option.  In some cases, a knee brace is recommended to help protect your knee in the future when you are skiing. Treating your injury is a must and exercise is a must to strengthen your body. 

Clavicle Fractures and Other Shoulder Injuries 

Shoulder injuries are always the worst and yes the most painful ones. Usually, a fall on the slope is the reason for the shoulder injury. Also, you should not compromise with the recovery and the rest time to recover from a shoulder injury as it can be lifetime trouble if not treated well.

For a shoulder injury, you need to rest your arm and shoulder and for that, you can use a sling to rest your arm. 

Thomas says you should not wait for the pain to go bad, taking the advice of a physiotherapist is always a good option.

Another major injury is ‘Dislocating shoulder”. This is the worst that you as a skier thinks of, Thomas J Salzano. The injury is extremely painful and a visit to the doctor before the pain extends into the arm and upper back and the shoulder joints. Making=g it difficult for you to move.

You need to serve the total recovery period with all the precaution measures to recover from this injury. Slight negligence can bring back the pain and make your condition go bad again with pain. It is a tough task to recover from an injury like a shoulder dislocation.

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Wrist Fractures

Mainly a fall while skiing is the cause of the injury.  Your wrist joint takes the impact of the fall and can fracture, causing swelling, pain, and bruising.

The ice treatment and giving rest to your arm in case of a minor sprain will do but in case of fracture or any severe wrist injuries, you would require a plaster cast to hold the bone in position to heal. If the injury is severe you might need to get it operated which is why it is advisable to visit a doctor and get the X-ray done.

Thomas says, as an enthusiastic skier we tend to ignore our injuries at first but later it causes more trouble just because you do not give your body a decent time to recover and strengthen. The best advice is to be patient and wait till your doctor and mentor declare that you are now fit for returning back to the slope.

Proper exercise will help you recover soon and build the strength but for that, you need to consult your coach or a physiotherapist