Thursday, January 12, 2012
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Even black-diamond skiers and snowboarders enjoying a weekend on the slopes can have their season spoiled by an injury that happens on the last run of the day. But the end-of-the-day tweaks and spills are more common than you'd think, says physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Ed Laskowski, M.D., of Mayo Clinic. Muscle fatigue at the end of the day can lead to sloppy technique and injuries such as a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee, which can require surgery and intensive rehabilitation. Dr. Laskowski, a former elite skier who turned his career to medicine, says that recreational skiers can take steps to optimize their protection from injury.
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Physical preparation before a big ski weekend can go a long way, according to Dr. Laskowski, who specializes in fitness, wellness, strength-and-stability training, and sports injury prevention strategies. To gear up for a ski holiday, people can do conditioning exercises that make the sport safer:
Dr. Laskowski specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and serves as co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. A former competitive alpine skier, he served on the Olympic Polyclinic Medical Staff for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. In 2006, President George W. Bush appointed Dr. Laskowski to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
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