In winter, downhill skiing is one of the most popular activities. Strong sensations, adrenaline rush…In short, it will be an unforgettable experience for beginners and amateurs alike. Indeed, this type of sport has many advantages for the practitioners. But which ones? Isn’t there any risk?
Alpine skiing: what are the advantages?
What are the advantages and risks of downhill skiing? This is a question we often hear. First of all, downhill skiing can be practiced at any age and at any level. Obviously, you can start at any time. Moreover, the slopes exist in different categories and levels, allowing everyone to enjoy their holidays to the full. Secondly, it is a sport that is practiced in nature. It is therefore possible to make extraordinary encounters: magnificent fauna, exceptional landscapes?
In addition to this, the benefits to the organization are also multiple. This type of sport requires endurance and it allows the development of the skier’s abilities, work on balance and agility, have better reflexes and improve neurological reactivity. Then, it gives a feeling of well-being and helps burn calories… In short, alpine skiing has many benefits for you.
And what are the risks?
We can not separate the benefits and risks of downhill skiing. Novices or professionals, falls are the most frequent and can cause more or less serious injuries of the alpine skiing discipline. The most sensitive areas are the knee and tibia. Fractures, sprains, etc. can occur. But other parts of the body can also be affected such as the head, thumbs and back.
After a few hours of rest, the cartilage may also become irritated, which can lead to pain under or around the patella and muscle problems. In addition, the body is often put to the test and you may experience unpleasant sensations after downhill skiing, such as insomnia, migraine, fatigue, etc.
Good to have!
Alpine skiing requires a good physical condition. And warm-up is essential before starting to ski. Also, this sport is not recommended for pregnant women and in case of respiratory insufficiency, cardiovascular problems and neurological disorders.
In case of pain persisting after the session, it would be better to consult a doctor as soon as possible to avoid aggravating the situation.
Don’t forget your water bottle to avoid hypothermia!!! What’s more, bring suitable, quality equipment for your comfort and safety.