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Skiing injuries – Third dayitis – By Liam Goode, Senior Physiotherapist at Physio4Life

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Skiing injuries – Third dayitis

The time is upon us again to see how fast we can slide down a mountain wearing loud colours.  This is a busy time of year for us here at Physio4life, both preparing some for their trip away, and putting others back together on their return.

From years of treating skiing related injuries, we thought we would get into the spirit of things this year by providing some good advice on how to avoid injuries on the slopes.  The title of this article is a term that comes to mind for me when dealing with the majority of skiing injuries.


Most injuries (for the average skier) happen on the third day.  Being confident in your ability, the first day is very exciting and is approached with glee.  The second day is more of the same, and because you have not done this for a about a year, your muscles begin to ache.  By the third day you simply don’t have the strength in your muscles to handle to rigors of a day on the slope.


However, as the holiday progresses, you want your skiing to improve with a black run, going off piste.  This leaves your ligaments and joints at risk of being over loaded, and so typical and avoidable injuries happen.


On the third day, take it easy, enjoy your tartiflette  for lunch, and get ready to enjoy the rest of your holiday.   Keep an eye out for some great tips on this page from my esteemed colleagues on injury avoidance, so we can help you stay safe on the slopes and have a great time.

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