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Five myths about skiing that are completely wrong

From stretching before hitting the slopes to wearing boots that hurt, some received wisdom about how to behave when skiing and snowboarding is not wise at all. In this third blog in my ski physiotherapist series I will debunk five on-mountain myths.

In my first blog I laid bare five false pre-season training myths: ‘wall squats are the best way to work the legs for skiing’, ‘skiing will always make back pain worse’, ‘sit ups are the answer to training your core’, ‘you need to be really flexibility to ski’ and ‘you need to be really fit to ski.’ In my last blog I gave the five most efficient pre-season ski exercises and covered proprioception; deep stability/core muscles; squats on a half ball with pelvic and knee alignment; jumping and clams.

​This time the blog is published in the Telegraph so please click here to read it: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/advice/five-ski-myths-that-are-completely-false/

​I destroy the following five common myths:
​1) You should stretch before skiing and snowboarding FALSE
2) Ski boots should hurt FALSE
3) It’s always good to ski or snowboard with people better than you FALSE
4) Bending the body up and down or side to side will help you turn FALSE
5) You shouldn’t ski or snowboard if you’ve got back pain FALSE

I hope you find it useful and look forward to your feedback.


Lucy Macdonald
Chartered Physiotherapist


More about Lucy Macdonald

​Lucy developed a ski and snowboarding specialism working as a physiotherapist in the Alps. Here she treated the injuries of with amateur and professional skiers and developed this into physiotherapy for snowsports performance and injury prevention. She worked with ski trainers and coaches to transform skiers’ technique and performance. She wrote and presented the BodytechSki DVD clips of which you can see here on pelvic alignment when skiing and knee alignment when skiing.

She continues to treat injuries and carry out 1:1 ski and snow boarding physioassessments in London which have a 100% satisfaction rating for transforming ability and enjoyment on the mountain.

Contact her on 02075838288 or email lucy@octopusclinic.com

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