Knees and Skis

The knee is the most commonly injured joint for the skier.

Of all serious knee injuries that occur while skiing, around 25% involve the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). The ACL is the major stabilising ligament of the knee. In skiing, the ACL may be damaged when we fall awkwardly and bindings do not release, or when we catch the edge of the ski, and twist the leg suddenly.

For most active people, surgical repair of the ACL will be recommended. This is followed by 6-8 months of rehabilitation with a specialist physiotherapist. As you can see, Cruciate Ligament rupture is a major injury with a very long recovery period. That is why at West London Physiotherapy we strongly recommend you “Get Fit To Ski” in the 6 weeks leading up to your ski trip. Prevention is always better than Cure! See our website, and previous news article for information on Get Fit To Ski!

Reduce the Risk

Good strength, endurance and balance can reduce the risk of bad falls, and ACL injury.

Check your bindings are set correctly to ensure they release if you fall.

If you are tired, rest! Skiing on tired legs increases your risk of falls and mistakes.

Stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Be careful with alcohol at lunch time!