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Winter Sports Injuries

cti-skiThe winter sports season is upon us with some great events coming up in the next couple of months including a number of World Cup events covering Alpine, Ski Jumping and Snowboard as well as the X Games in Aspen at the end of January.

We expect to see some of the world's best stars on show in what will be an exciting couple of months of extreme winter sports action.

We all know the risks involved in winter sports which was apparent in Sochi with a number of high profile withdrawals both before and during the tournament itself. As spectators we have the utmost respect for those taking to the slopes and watch them pull off some amazing tricks at high speed. Some injuries are more common place than others and at CTi we focus on protecting your knee joint, working with the likes of Billy Morgan who incurred an ACL injury in the build up to Sochi.

Here is a quick breakdown of the types of knee injuries common place on the slopes.

Grade 1 Knee Injuries

Grade 1 is typically seen as an overuse injury, resulting in mild pain and inflammation of the joint which can limit your action on the slopes. From a winter sports perspective it is something the inexperienced skier is more likely to see rather than the professional on account of the ligaments within the joint becoming accustomed to continuous use.

This type of overuse injury occurs where the ligaments within the knee joint become stretched beyond their normal range of motion, which in turn causes the inflammation. This is largely a self-limiting condition however and following a period of rest with ice to help manage the inflammation and you should be back on your feet in no time.

Grade 2 & 3 Injuries

In winter sports the most serious knee injury you can sustain is a ligament rupture. The knee is consists of four different ligaments in that of the ACL, LCL, PCL and MCL. Damage to the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) is the most common, with the ligament residing on the front of the knee and responsible for its overall stabilisation. Any damage here can affect your ability to walk, let alone pulling a Frontside Misty or a Mule Kick.

Treatment ultimately depends on the extent of the damage sustained with surgery typically an option, though this will rule you out for the season with a lengthy rehabilitation programme to regain strength in the joint before you hit the slopes once again.

Knee bracing is also an option for those who would like to delay surgery, protect their knee joint post surgery and even those who don't want to get injured in the first place. Carbon fibre bracing is now synonymous with extreme sports, protecting the knee joint from impact damage whilst allowing you to remain at your best.