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Preparation Helps Prevent Skiing Injuries

DALLAS, Dec. 27 (UPI) — Getting in shape before skiing — or any winter sport — is the best way to prevent injury, U.S. orthopedic sports experts say.

Dr. Robert Dimeff, professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, advises exercises to strengthen the body’s core and legs — particularly the abdominal, lower back, hip and lower leg muscles. This may include abdominal crunches, back extensions, squats, lunges and balance exercises, he says.

“However, any exercise regimen should be coordinated with your primary care physician, or a sports medicine specialist for more advanced athletes, to be sure it takes into account your health history,” Dimeff, who advises professional athletes and teams, says in a statement.

Dimeff says the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine found injuries occur more frequently when skiers are fatigued, such as the end of the day or the end of a ski vacation week, as well as in the early morning, when skiers have not yet warmed up.

Aerobic workouts can assist in improving stamina and reducing fatigue, but again, it’s important to talk with a physician first, Dimeff says.

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