ONE of the most common discussions we have in the physio rooms over the years is about the state of the Japanese health system.
NISEKO has been described as 'Asia's Boulder' with its excellent climate and training facilities drawing athletes from all over Asia.
THE anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture is the bane of skiers everywhere and we diagnose over 100 a season at Niseko Physio.
BY now, we’ve all heard of the increased risk of suffering deep vein thrombosis (DVT) on long- haul flights. As most of you will have two long flights in a relatively short period, I thought some tips on how to reduce your risk would be in order.
THERE are so many things that can spoil your skiing experience and that is why when everything is perfect it makes it that much more special. Right up there with frozen digits, fogged goggles and lack of new snow is pain. A sore knee or dodgy lower back will often cause you to ski below your full potential, hit the onsen early or even in chronic
While more often than not, knee pain suffered here in Niseko is a torn ligament resulting from a fall, one of the most common forms of knee pain also occurs in winter sports: patella-femoral pain. This form of knee pain is usually of a more gradual onset, often as a result of overuse. Also known variously as patella mal-tracking, chondromalacia
Fortunately for us here at Niseko Physio, skiing and snowboarding are relatively dangerous activities. Recently, lower leg injuries have been on the rise with increased risk-taking behavior being cited as the major reason. If you are unfortunate enough to sustain an injury on the slopes (or on the street!), remember the RICED and HARM rules for
One can see all kinds of different riding and skiing styles on the mountain. The low hunched flapper is a snowboarder that rides at top speed over bumps bent well forward at the waist and with a curved thoracic spine, arms outstretched, flapping like an injured bird. The Quasimodo skier stands upright at the waist but hunches forward from the mid
FOOSH! No it’s not the sound of gliding through powder - it’s themedical abbreviation for ‘fall on out-stretched hand’. The abbreviation exists because it’s the cause of so many injuries. Sure Niseko’s snow is soft, but wrist fractures are still as common among learner snowboarders here as everywhere. While there
A couple of years ago I stumbled across an article in a sports medicine journal reporting that it had been almost conclusively proved that stretching does not prevent sports injuries. My initial reaction was firstly indignation and then, in all honesty, slight embarrassment. Along with almost every other health and fitness professional I had been