THE INJURY: Skier’s Thumb
THE FALLEN: Down hillers and telemarkers
THE INCIDENT: Said skier loses an edge and falls onto an arm that’s still clutching a pole. the impace yanks the thumb outward, rupturing the ulnar collateral ligament.
THE WORKOUT: Improve grip strength by squeezing a tennis ball throughout the day. Regain flexibility and mobility by looping a rubber band over thumb and forefinger and repeatedly extend the thumb against the resistance. This injury doesn’t have the juicy potential for hot-tub war stories that a blown knee has, but hey, there’s only so much glory to go around.
Foley, Kevin. (1999, January). Down, but Not Out. Outside page 92