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Orthopaedic problems can be caused by overuse, a sudden injury or develop over a length of time. Sometimes pain may be centered in a specific body part, but actually be caused by an issue in a different body area. We’ll determine the cause of your problem and get you on the best road to recovery for you.
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Leisure or competitive Nordic skiing is a great workout. Keep winter pounds from sneaking up on you and see the beauty of winter around us. I’ve included some tips to help have a great time Nordic skiing.
Dr. Heather Cichanowski
Sports medicine physician, avid Nordic skier, volunteer doctor for the US National Cross Country ski team
Get outside and get active! Love the snow! Nordic skiing, also known as cross-country skiing, provides excellent cardiovascular exercise while also working your arms, back and core strength. A few things to keep in mind when Nordic skiing:
- Dress in layers – you’ll want to be able to remove a layer if you get too warm, or add a layer if the temperature drops or the wind picks up. Moisture-wicking under layers and an outer layer appropriate for the weather are best
- Pace yourself – while it may look easy, Nordic skiing can be quite a workout. Make sure you plan a reasonable route based on your experience and physical condition.
- Hydrate – you should drink just as much water doing a winter activity as when doing a summer one. You may not feel as thirsty in the colder weather, but you’ll be losing fluids through perspiration.
- Wear sunscreen and sunglasses – the light reflecting off the snow, even on overcast days, can cause a sunburn. Find a good level of UV protection, and reapply sunscreen if perspiring or outside for more than two hours.
- Take a lesson – whether you’re new and just learning techniques, or a seasoned veteran looking to improve your form, a lesson can help you avoid injury and enjoy cross-country skiing even more. It’s important to know basic techniques for moving, slowing down, stopping and how to get up hills. Make sure you know how to stop if tackling hills.
- Learn the trail and rules – visit trails or areas that are recommended for your experience level. You’ll want to know the trail rules and etiquette too so everyone on the trails has fun.
- Take a snack – depending on how long you plan to be out, you may want an energy boost along the way.
- Enjoy! – take a friend along for a social outing and have winter fun outdoors.