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Physical Therapists Advise Getting in Shape Before Hitting the Slopes

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PASCO, Wash. -- "They get excited for skiing and they're not ready for it".

That's what Clark Heath, of Columbia Physical Therapy, says is causing people to get injured early in the ski season. Heath says people are not used to the movements involved in winter sports and he stresses doing core exercises and endurance training before hitting the slopes.

However, there are other injuries associated with the arrival of snow.

"We see people out shoveling snow, injuring their backs or straining their backs", says Heath. "We see people slipping and falling on the ice and fracturing a wrist or an elbow, or people lifting heavy boxes with Christmas decorations".

Heath says phyical therapy is not just for people with injuries. He says it would be helpful for people traning for a winter sport or even climbing Mount Rainier

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