Skiing is an exciting and exhilarating sport, but as it is a comparatively dangerous activity it is very important to wear adequate and appropriate protective supports when you are on the slopes.
Skiers sway their hips and knees to maintain balance, which means that muscles surrounding the knee joint, quadriceps, hamstrings, abductors and hip abductors contract constantly. This can lead to muscle tightness and fatigue.
The knee is one of the most vulnerable area of the body, and it is one of the most susceptible to injuries during turning, as this is when the knee is twisted to turn or change direction.
The most common knee injury among skiers is damage to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). This is one of the main ligaments within the knee, and injury occurs when ligament is overstretched such as when the lower leg twists away from the upper leg.
This injury is particularly common among skiers as the extra length that the skis provide gives more leverage and increases the pressure on the knee.
These injuries can occur with a severe twist, and they are also common when moving at slow speeds when there is not enough force to open the bindings on the skis and protect the knee from the leveraging effect – so take care when moving at slow speeds at the top and bottom of the slopes!
Skiers can also damage other ligaments in the knee such as the minor medial collateral ligament (MCL) and lateral collateral ligament (LCL). These ligaments can sprain or tear due to the twisting and turning involved in changing direction.
Why do I need to wear a knee support for skiing?
A good quality knee support offers extra compression and support to the knee area, and are especially recommended for skiers returning to the sport with an old or partially healed ligament injury.
They will provide stability to the knee and allow continued participation while providing protection against further injury.
There are several different sorts of knee braces and supports available, so the LP Sports Medicine Team has put together some recommendations for the best knee supports for skiing that are available in the LP range.
Best Knee Support for Skiing
As it is common to damage more than one part of the knee during injury, the best knee supports and braces will provide complete protection for the entire knee.
This helps to dissipate and counteract the resistance on the knee joint, keeping the knee within normal range and helps to prevent recurrent ligament injuries caused by twisting and turning.
The combination of the open patella design and additional neoprene pad helps to relieve pressure on the patella and enhance knee stability.
This is the most popular knee support for skiing in the LP range, and is available for £29.99 in a range of sizes.
The adjustable strap with cushioning pad applies compression on the patella tendon while the semicircle pad relieves patella pressure.
The extra straps helps to apply compression and stability to a weak knee joint. It is available for £25.99.
The X-Tremus Hinged Knee Brace includes a Magic Power Band which preserves energy consumption when the knee joint is flexed, and propels sports energy when it extends.
Stability is provided by the C Pattern Stable Contoured Structure beside the knee cap, and the flexible hinged joints work in proper alignment to stop the ligament from over-stretching.
The X-Tremus Hinged Knee Brace is lightweight, comfortable and ideal for stabilisation of the knee. It is available for £39.99.
LP also provides a range of mid-level knee supports which provide support and compression for weak knees and help to prevent against injury, so don’t let knee pain prevent you from enjoying the slopes this year!