Knee Pain Amongst Skiers
The current COVID-19 pandemic has made it increasingly challenging for people to find ways to stay active.
The health protocols and restrictions have resulted in an increase in outdoor activity with significant growth in the popularity of downhill skiing. While certain aspects of downhill skiing may promote components of health and wellness, the high speed nature of the sport means injuries, aches, and pains are very common amongst skiers resulting in a need for injury prevention. While equipment has evolved greatly over the years to ensure safety on the hill, knee injuries remain a common complaint amongst skiers accounting for an estimated 35% of all ski-related injuries.
These knee injuries range from simple to complex, and commonly include:
- MCL injuries
- ACL injuries
- Torn Meniscus
- Knee bursitis
- Patellar Tendinitis
- Patellar Dislocation
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome
The list above begs the questions: 1) What is causing these injuries? and 2) How can we prevent them from occurring and reoccurring?