Cross country skiing

Do you know the most common injuries i cross-country skiing?

The injuries that occur most frequently in cross-country skiing are mainly related to overuse.

Injuries often occur outside of competition, often resulting from training. It is therefore very important to gradually increase your training load, especially when you switch from one training activity to another. A previous injury increases your risk of reinjury, so it is best to avoid injuries altogether.

In periods with high training load and a saturated competition calendar, athletes are more likely to experience back problems. This is thought to be related to a high amount of repetitive movements in the lower back, where pain is most commonly felt.

The risk of overuse injury in the triceps muscle is increased when transitioning between cross-country skiing and roller skiing. This can be due to a sudden change in training load and because of repeated impacts from the asphalt.

Ankle sprains are considered to be the most common acute injury.

Common injuries

  • Back pain
  • Ankle sprains
  • Runner’s knee
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Medial tibial stress syndrome
  • Achilles tendinopathy