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Skier's Thumb (cont.)

Skier's Thumb Prevention

  • Skiers should be taught to consciously discard the ski pole during all falls. Falling onto an outstretched hand while skiing without the ski pole in hand should minimize the chance of injury.
  • Skiers should also be encouraged to use poles with finger-groove grips without any restraining devices such as a wrist strap or closed grip.
  • You can prevent skier's thumb during a motor vehicle accident by keeping your thumbs on the outside of the steering wheel along with your fingers. This new routine will require a conscious effort because most drivers are taught to grip the steering wheel in a fashion similar to a ski pole.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/10/2014
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