With winter in full swing, it’s the peak season for cold-weather sports such as skiing and snowboarding. Read on to learn tips about preparing for winter sports from Josh Szabo, M.D., Tri Rivers fellowship-trained sports medicine and shoulder surgeon, and active member of the USSA physician pool for the US Ski Team.
Prepare your body for downhill skiing by training the gluteus maximus, a muscle largely used while participating in the sport. Perform squats and lunges, especially single-leg variations that also work leg stabilizers, as they are vital to skiing. Be sure to always use proper form and consider emphasizing isometric and eccentric movements.
Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and avoid heavily caffeinated drinks, especially if you are in the cold and at elevation.Remember, if you feel thirsty, you are dehydrated.
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