Downhill skiing and snowboarding are great ways to stay active during the winter months.

Downhill skiing and snowboarding are great ways to stay active during the winter months.

Authors: Dr. Elizabeth Matzkin, Surgical Director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Team Physician for Stonehill College Athletics; Nicole Durand PT, DPT, a physical therapist in the Rehabilitation Department at Brigham and Women’s/Mass General Health Care Center; and Emily Brook, BA, a research assistant in the BWH Women’s Sports Medicine Program.

Downhill skiing and snowboarding are great ways to stay active during the winter months. However, it is important to recognize that injuries can happen, regardless of your skill level. Before you hit the slopes this winter, make sure you are aware of the unexpected things that can happen. As always, see a doctor if you suspect an injury. Below, we describe some of the most common injuries associated with skiing and snowboarding and provide tips to prevent injuries.

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