Whether you’re on the bunny hill or the most advanced trails, losing control and balance are always possibilities. Head injuries can be minor or very severe trauma, but always should be treated by a professional. According to the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, only 48% of US skiers routinely wear helmets.
Prevention: The best way to prevent major injuries is to always wear your helmet!
Due to the forces put on the knee while skiing tearing an ACL or MCL can be common. One way to help prevent these injuries is preparing for the strength and endurance demands of skiing ahead of time. Performing quad strengthening exercises including squats and lunges can help strengthen the knee. Also performing higher impact activities such as squat jumps and speed skaters can help prepare the body for higher forces during skiing.
Prevention: Prepare for the strength & endurance demands of skiing ahead of time. Some great exercises to help prep for ski season are: Squats, Lunges, Squat Jumps and Speed Skaters.
For Step-by-Step instruction of these & other exercsies, check out: 5 Exercises to Prepare you to Hit the Ski Slopes
Wrist & Shoulder Injuries
Falling on an outstretched arm can lead to wrist fractures and rotator cuff injuries while skiing. The best way to prevent these injuries is to ski with control and to choose trails that are appropriate for your skiing skills.
Prevention: Crash less! Always ski within your control and choose trails appropriate for your skills.