As snow storms pile up and we look forward to hitting the ski slopes, it’s important that Park City residents and visitors alike take necessary precautions for a safe and healthy year on the mountain in 2013.
Your enjoyment of outdoor sports often centers around detailed preparation, a general fitness level and high-level gear. As one of our country’s top orthopedic surgeons specializing in cartilage restoration and joint resurfacing of the knee and shoulder, Dr. Phil Davidson is no stranger to complex injuries and key steps that outdoor enthusiasts sometimes miss in preventing them.
After practicing for 15 years as a widely recognized Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in sports medicine, cartilage restoration and knee/shoulder joint resurfacing, Dr. Davidson moved to Park City in 2008 to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle that he and his wife, Ruth, cherish.
When Dr. Davidson is not treating injured patients at Heiden Davidson Orthopedics, the couple enjoys a plethora of outdoor sports and are avid athletes participating in trail running, mountain biking, road cycling, alpine and nordic skiing, hiking and yoga.
As an official consultant of Major League Baseball, and the National Football League, Dr. Davidson treats both athletes and “regular” patients. He’s noticed over the years some simple rules that athletes and recreationists can follow to avoid serious injury.
Dr. Davidson’s Tips for Avoiding Injury on the Mountain:
1. Hydration – Here in Utah, we are in an alpine desert at high altitude. Hydrate constantly…. before, during and after sports.
2. Sleep – It can be difficult to sleep at altitude for several days. Hydration, Tylenol and humidification can all help you get a good night’s rest.
3. Gearing Up – To safely participate in Park City’s fantastic outdoor sports, you want the best fitting and most appropriate equipment. Whenever you are renting gear, make reservations in advance so you have the right size and type of equipment.
4. Mountain Clothing – Park City weather changes rapidly and the locals know all about layering. You always want to be prepared for changes in weather. In the winter it can get very cold and windy.
5. Safety Gear – If you are going out on the trails or into the mountains, be sure to maintain proper safety precautions. Someone should always be aware of your destination and route. You should bring a basic safety kit, depending on the season with essentials to get you through a night outdoors.
6. Exercise Preparation – Whether it is biking, skiing or hiking, exercising at home in preparation is a great idea. Don’t think that you can go from a couch potato to climbing thousands of feet on a bike or skiing thousands of feet of vertical without proper exercise preparations.
7. Stretching to Avoid Injury – You should stretch for at least 5 minutes before starting your outdoor activities. This allows your muscles to perform optimally.
8. Avoid “Last Run Syndrome” – Much of the time, people feel compelled to continue biking or skiing when they are getting tired. Be prepared to quit when your body tells you, and don’t get hurt!
If you do suffer a serious knee or shoulder injury this winter and experience experience aching, sharp pains, catching and grinding in a joint, you’ll want to see a cartilage specialist and Park City orthopedic surgeon such as Dr. Davidson right away.
Once the cartilage surrounding bone is damaged, unfortunately it has little to no ability to heal over time and typically worsens while limiting your physical activity.
For more information on Dr. Davidson’s Park City practice, check out his website at: http://www.phildavidsonmd.com/ or schedule an appointment at 435-615-8822.
Make it a great day!
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