Avoid Soreness After Your First Day of Skiing

Avoid Soreness After Your First Day of Skiing

What’s the best way to avoid muscle soreness after a first day of skiing so I can ski well the next day? — Brian L., Atlanta, Ga.

The single best way to ease next-day pain is to hydrate like mad. Water flushes lactic acid (a primary cause of soreness and stiffness) from muscle cells and lubricates joints. Drink two glasses with each meal and after every few runs. Also, jump into the hot tub for 15 minutes both before and after you hit the slopes, taking time to stretch your back and hamstrings by placing one leg at a time on the side of the tub and curling your head toward your knee. Warm muscles aid athletic performance; cold ones snap under the pressure.

— Kevin Stone, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and rehab specialist, founder of the Stone Clinic, in San Francisco, and former physician for the U.S. Ski Team.