WE LOVE SNOW
It’s the time of year when many of us lucky enough to have taken some time away on the slopes are returning to blighty and we may be bringing more than just the goggle tan with us! Skiing is an awesome past time but it does carry risks.
Lyndsey Vonn is a prime example of how things can go wrong on the slopes at even the highest level and when they do it can mean a long road to recovery. Lyndsey is one of the worlds finest skiers. She is still ‘chasing history‘ despite sustaining multiple massive and career threatening injuries. In 2013 she had reconstructive surgery of her knee after a terrifying fall in the World Super-G. Nevertheless she fought her way back to the top of the world before sustaining another severe injury in 2016, this time to her arm which included some nerve damage that rendered her right hand useless. Once again with the help of her physio and rehabilitation team she is back in the game and only focused on 1st place!
Lesser injuries have ended careers but Vonn is testament to the fact that physio works! With hard work and support of an unflappable team you can persuade your body to recovery from most musculoskeletal injuries. In this blog we want to encourage people who have sustained injuries of any kind to carry on! Don’t let pain put a stopper on your sport, hobby, lifestyle etc. Take a leaf out of Vonn’s book and seek the right help that can keep you on the slopes, or engaging in any activity that you love, for as long as you wish.
At Strong Lines we see a whole load of knee related pain following the ski season. Anterior knee pain is an umbrella term that for all of us underlines pain within the knee, however pain in the knee does not mean there is a specific injury. It could be due to an overloading of the joint surfaces or even referred pain from elsewhere. With the majority of knee related pain we see, a great deal of it is preventable. Both traumatic and overuse injuries can be prevented by proper strengthening of the right areas. If you have knee pain when skiing but haven’t suffered a particular moment of injury and the pain is generally across the front of the knee, then we call this anterior knee pain, which can involve the quadriceps, patella tendon, the patellofemoral joint, fat pad (plica) or tibial tuberosity.
When skiing we carve using the edge of the ski to create turning and breaking or directional forces. This puts a high load through the structures at the front of the knee. If our biomechanics are off or the musculature of the posterior chain (gluteals, hamstrings and trunk) is not up to scratch we can wind up on these anterior structures even more. This load is then not efficiently distributed or absorbed and we get areas of degeneration and pain.
By carrying out simple exercises that do not even require equipment you can strengthen the posterior chain and change your biomechanics to reduce your injury risk, sustain joint health and even improve performance. This gives you more gloating rights and everybody can buy you drinks in the apres due to your skiing prowess – HAPPY DAYS!!!
We can all learn from Vonn as we all too quickly tell ourselves that we can expect pain from our bodies and allow small things to have a big impact on our lives. The Strong Lines ethos is one of physical activity for life! So next time you think of hanging up your ski poles think of Vonn. Futureproof your body and LIVE. PAIN. FREE.