After long hours of skiing, there are skiers who experience pain radiating from their shins. If this happens to you during your skiing holiday, you may simply be “shod” while skiing. This condition is officially known as a bangs on the neck or hitting the shins in the front of the boots every time a skier bends forward, resulting in a painful bruise. Here are some facts you need to know about bangs to avoid getting one during your ski vacation.
One of the most common reasons for getting a bangs around your neck is wearing large sizes of boots. Wearing large size boots means that your heels do not hold perfectly in place, causing your feet to slide towards the front of the boots. This can end up landing in the back seat. So here are some ideas to prevent shin injuries.
Wearing perfectly shod boots is one of the best recommendations to prevent shaving the neck. It is recommended that you consult a professional shoe fitter before hitting the slopes of your ski trip.
Although, there are boots that fit perfectly, but there are times that the liners are crowded, putting your heels in a not so perfect place. If this happens, use a footbed to help keep your feet still in the boots and prevent you from landing in the back seat. Similarly, if your boots are loose at the top (upper cuff / upper buckle), you tend to stand upright and this makes the boots feel a little softer, increasing the tendency to land in the back seat. Therefore, use reinforcement straps to help it tighten enough.
If you use your old boots or boots for rent, try to find a pair that fits snugly but is comfortable at the same time. It is recommended to add shoe pads with commercial insoles for gel and foam, which absorb the impact and protect the feet from bruising.
In addition, wear special ski socks that have extra padding in the shin and calf area to add a pillow. In addition, lifting the calf and toes can help build shin muscles and protect the bone from the tongue of the boots.
In case you hit your shin, just remember RICE: rest, ice, compression and elevation. Also, if you are experiencing pain, taking painkillers would do.
So before you go on your ski vacation, be sure that your boots will not cause you any inconvenience during the trip. Awareness is the key to preventing a shin blow. Happy skiing!