Mandie has been a skier her entire life. She has summited all the major peaks in Washington and skied many of them too. She has been a medical member or the US Ski Team for many years and can help anyone readying themselves for the upcoming season whether it be for performance or from injury.
SKiHab & Snowhab
Mandie's 2 Cents
For some people skiing means taking a lift up and skiing groomed trails. For others it means taking a lift up and skiing moguls or off piste. For still others it means skinning up a mountain and skiing off the summit. For all types of skiing, it is important to have the flexibility, strength and endurance that the sport requires. Attention to a bit of pre-season training can enhance performance while helping to prevent some of the most common injuries we see in the clinic. These injuries include low back pain, overuse injuries, hip strains and rotational injuries to the knees.
If you notice your legs need a break-in period each season, we can evaluate the biomechanics of your squat, be sure you are doing enough eccentric strengthening and run you through a list of benchmark movements to hone in on the aspects of your workout routine that are most crucial to a successful season. As a physical therapist, we are trained to look for minor impairments that, when addressed, can significantly improve your core strength, balance and power.
Orthotics & Inserts
Many times adding and orthotic to your Ski or Snowboard boot can help performance and also reduce chances of fatigue and/or injury. Ben has been fitting boots since about 2005 and has been a lifelong snowboarder and instructor.