Why Do Pro Skiers Suffer More Knee Injuries?
High Speeds + Planted Foot = Injury Potential
You may have noticed that skiers suffer a higher rate of knee injuries. Top pros have even suffered multiple injuries.
We've recently witnessed some of our top skiers go down with knee injuries. Jackie Wiles, Ted Ligety, Resi Stiegler, and Steve Nyman have all dealt with knee injuries in the last calendar year.
In fact, for our world-class skiers, knee injuries are almost expected. Why is this? In the following video, Dr. Sterett explains one of the reasons.
Being "hyperlax" Contributes to Knee Injuries
Ok, so we've established that skiers tear the ACL at a high rate. But there are several factors that cause our female competitors to tear the ligament at an even higher rate. If you follow Dr. Sterett, you've certainly seen him talk about the unique challenging facing female athletes in regards to knee injuries.
In the following video, Dr. Sterett talks about a one of the major factor that impacts female athletes -- hyperlaxity. Or, for those looking for the less scientific term, "loosejointedness".
The Role of The Menstrual Cycle in Knee Injuries to Female Athletes
Here's another factor that can contribute to injuries. It isn't talked about often, but the chance of female ACL injuries is impacted by the menstrual cycle.
Having worked with female athletes for decades, Dr. Sterett tells us that the menstrual cycle is indeed a contributing factor in knee injuries.
Two Things Female Skiers Can Do to Avoid ACL Tears
In this final video, Dr. Sterett offers two knee injury prevention tips for skiers. If you can keep these in mind, you can lessen the risk for ACL tears.