The hip joint is one of the largest and most flexible joints in the human body. It supports the weight of the entire body while running, walking, and sitting. When the hip bones, joints, and supporting tissues are healthy, there is little that can go wrong with this very powerful joint. But injuries, disease, and age-related wear and tear can significantly impair hip function.
Warming up before physical activity is good way to avoid unnecessary injuries and is very important during wintertime. The cold tightens the muscles making them less responsive and increasing the risk of injury when participating in popular winter sports such as ice hockey, sledding, or skiing.
Skiing has always been one of my favorite sports. I grew up skiing in Michigan and it’s been something I’ve continued to be passionate about my entire life. Now, that my own kids are old enough to ski with me I’ve started thinking a lot more about safety and preparation.
Hockey is considered by many as the undisputed king of winter sports. The combination of breathtaking speed, explosive power, and graceful athleticism make for a thrilling spectacle on ice. However, collisions and other accidents do occur during play that can take you out of the game if you aren’t careful.