Dr Justin Hughes @thesportdoc with team manager Janette Shaw and England captain Katy Maclean at the launch of the tournament.
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Many of us will be heading to the mountains this winter for a full week of high intensity exercise. Skiing and snowboarding places unique demands on the body. It is at altitude so there is less oxygen in the air to supply the muscles. THere is exposure to extreem cold and the air is very dry. Its much easier than you think to dehydrate on the mountain even if it is cold. Different muscle groups are used in the alpine sports and to get the best out of your holiday, some prior training and conditioning is well advised.
Most injuries occur in the afternoon when the slopes are busy, when skiiers are tiered and the quality of the snow is variable ( slushy or icey). Whilst Apres ski is part of the holiday, mixing alcohol and extreem sports is not advised. Just like drink driving, the injury rate increases significantly.
We want you to have a great holiday and get the most out of your skiing. If you are unlucky enough to sustain an injury then we are happy to see you quickly on your return to assess, diagnose and treat you.
Pierre Vaultier of France wins a "miracle" Olympic gold medal in the snowboard cross, to complete an amazing comeback from an anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered in December.
It can take an athlete up to nine months to recover from that injury, but Vaultier not only competed, he won a thrilling final duel with Russian Nikolay Olyunin to cross the in first place.
Of the 38 athletes competing in the event at Sochi's Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Tuesday, 13 were disqualified or didn't finish as crashes and falls drew gasps and sharp intakes of breath from spectators.
The injury toll at the Winter Games is rising as bad weather and risk-taking by athletes combine to provide an element of danger that fans crave, yet has some competitors being carried off on stretchers. The number of athletes injured during Sochi 2014 isn't significantly different to the previous games in Vancouver four years ago, according to Mark Adams, a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee. "Winter sports are not without their risks, but we don't see any difference between this games and the last one," he told reporters. "The ski federation, as I understand, is very happy with the venue."