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Are you Ready?

Posted on January 9, 2018 at 1:40 PM

 While there may not be enough white stuff to shred just yet, we know that it is coming! Are you ready?! Some of the most-common injuries we encounter through the winter are skiing/snowboarding related. Fortunately, many of these injuries can be avoided with the proper strengthening in key muscle groups of your legs, hips, and core. We at Maxim Physical Therapy are ready to share some of the best exercises you can do to get ready for the upcoming ski/snowboard season. Get started right now to ensure an entire season of fun, healthy shredding!

(Google the following exercise for great instructional videos)

Box Jump Squat (sets of 10)

Explosive leg power and dynamic knee control in one! Come all the way up to standing on top of the box.

Russian Twists (sets of 10 touches to each side)

Rotating core control is vital for skiers and snowboarders alike. Russian twists work not only the anterior muscles, but the obliques/sides as well!

Alternating Jump Lunges (sets of 10 lunges on each leg)

Great to work on independent leg control. Try to keep your knee in line with your toe.

Single Leg Deadlift (sets of 10 on each leg)

Keep the butt strong and the back healthy with this one!

Wall Sit (hold at least 30 seconds; aim to go for as long as you can)

An essential exercise for lower body endurance! Make your last run as great as the first with this great exercise!

Bicycle Crunches (sets of 10-15 touches on each side)

Reciprocal muscle activation is a great way to elevate your results – bicycle crunches are a great way to increase muscle strength and core stability!

Mountain Climbers (20 touches on each side)

Keep your core tight while working on strength and endurance.

These exercises are essential for training and strengthening all the key muscles used in skiing/snowboarding. Try doing them regularly to not only get ready for the season, but to ensue you stay healthy and strong through the whole season! Do you have an old ski injury that’s still bothering you? Looking for more advice and exercises to get in shape this season? We would love to help you out! Contact us at one of our convenient locations to see what we can do to make sure you have a fun and safe ski season.

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