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Prepare for a safe vacation on ski and prevent skiing injuries

Skiing season is on, avoid injuries from skiing by preparing before your travel
The skiing season for Scandinavian travellers is just around the corner, and many skiers are dreaming about sun, crunchy powdered snow and smell of fresh air. For many, the planned skiing vacation is replaced by indoor activities with the leg raised due to injuries. However, thorough preparation and a couple of simple advice can prevent skiing injuries and minimise the risk of enforced interruption of the vacation. 
 
Travellers prefer Austria
Skiing is a very popular winter sport enjoyed by people in many European countries. In 2015, Austria was the number one destination of Scandinavian travellers, especially for families with children. Previously, France was a popular destination for families with children, but now the country is more popular among the younger generation.
 
The week 6, 7 and 8 are the most popular weeks to go skiing in Europe, and they mark the peak of the winter high season. Either if you are beginner or experienced skier, it is essential to be constantly aware of your immediate surroundings to prevent injuries at the crowded slopes. 
 
Preparation can prevent injuries 
Skiing is a physically challenging sport exposing your knees and legs. However, thorough preparation prior to you skiing holiday can reduce the risk of crashes and unwanted injuries. In 2015, injuries due to dislocation (58%) topped Falck Global Assistance’s list of claimed cases. Out of these, 70% concerned dislocation of legs.
“Not having enough stabilising muscle tissue around your knees increases the risk of injuries. Many dislocations occur on the third day of the vacation because the fatigue kicks in. You should therefore listen to your body and be realistic in relation to your own skiing competence”, says Henrik Preisler, Chief Medical Doctor in Falck Global Assistance.
 
One of the most effective ways to prevent skiing injuries is being fit and in good shape before you go skiing.
 
“Many skiers are not aware of the importance of a good physical condition as one of the most effective means to prevent injuries. You have to start regular training about 8 weeks before your vacation, e.g. a combination of running and workout three times a week, Henrik Preisler concludes.
 
Top-three injuries for Scandinavian travellers
1. Dislocation (58%) (leg injuries 70%)
2. Fracture (32%) (leg injuries 34%)
3. Flu (10%)

Contact Falck Global Assistance’s 24/7 emergency response centres: 
 
Denmark +45 7025 0405
Norway +47 2149 2415
Sweden +46 8 58 771 717

 
​Falck Global Assistance is a part of Falck Group that offers worldwide rescue services.

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