Dr. Robert F. LaPrade, orthopedic knee surgeon with The Steadman Clinic in Vail, recently had a one-on-one with Vail Daily reporter John LaConte. During their discussion, which takes place up the side of the mountain in one of Vail’s very own gondolas, Dr. LaPrade discusses common ski injuries that can be sustained on the mountain, especially during heavy snowfalls, and during warmer days when the snow melts which often leads to harder surface on the slopes. According to Dr. LaPrade, who is the Chief Medical Research Officer at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, “When it’s really hard snow, people tend to fall down with their wrists out in front of them. Wrist fractures are really common during these conditions.” He also states that ACL knee injuries, MCL and LCL injuries, among others, are also common. Dr. LaPrade states that individuals who work in an office environment should prepare themselves ahead of time before hitting the slopes. This includes conditioning and strengthening so that the body doesn’t tire out on the mountain and become prone for injuries.
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