Benefits of Pilates for skiing and snowboarding fitness

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Benefits of Pilates for skiing and snowboarding fitness

As the ski season draws near here in the Southern hemisphere, it is important to prepare your body and get ‘ski fit’. I have personally spent the past three northern winters in Japan as a treating Physiotherapist and saw an incredible amount of injuries. With any sport, prevention is your best treatment and can lessen the likelihood of those horrible days watching everyone hit the slopes when the snow finally falls whilst you are stuck rehabilitating your injury.

Balance training has been shown to have positive effects on prevention of lower limb injuries in sports involving twisting*; as seen in a systemic review done in 2010 (Neuromuscular Training for Sports Injury Prevention: A Systematic Review).

Logo (2)This is why we have developed “Snow Fit Classes” at Higher Function. Our Snow Fit Classes are run for 10 weeks leading up to the Australian ski season to ensure your body is ready to perform on the mountain. The classes combine Pilates, plyometric, core, balance, and strength training to increase your endurance, strength, versatility, speed, and agility when boarding or skiing. Classes are aimed at not only increasing performance but also preventing the too common knee, back, shoulder, and wrist injuries seen in snow sports resulting from falling, twisting or catching your edge.

If you’re looking to strengthen your specific “snow” muscles, prevent injury and to get ready for this snow season, come in and see us at Higher Function. A full assessment by myself or our other highly experienced Physiotherapists will give you great insight into what you need to do to have better control while making your way around the mountain. Our specialised snow classes will be run twice weekly yet, we can also always assist you in other methods of snow preparation.


See you on the slopes!


Alyce Shearing

Ski obsessed Physiotherapist – Higher Function

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