Aspen lecture: the rigors of skiing |

Aspen lecture: the rigors of skiing

Aspen Times Staff ReportAspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN A Boulder doctor will offer advice on how to prepare ones muscles for the rigors of skiing the steep and the deep as the opener of the 2008 free lecture series presented by The Given Institute in Aspen.Training Muscles for Snow-sports, scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 10, at 5:30 p.m., will feature remarks by Dr. Venu Akuthota, associate professor and Pain Fellowship director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.With over 8 feet of fresh snow falling in the last month, we want to help you to be prepared for mountain sports and prevent injuries, said Pamela Herr, public information officer for The Given Institute, in a statement describing the first of the organizations Winter Health Education Series.Describing his talk, Akuthota said the training regimen for skiing and snowboarding differs significantly from regimens for running or other forms of exercise, which call for workouts in what he termed the straight-ahead plane.For snow sports, he said, exercise must be along the transverse plane, or the rotational direction. He said that while runners might exercise by practicing alternating lunge movements to the front, skiers and snowboarders must lunge from side to side; for deep powder, he said it is a good idea to perform deeper lunges and a larger number of repetitions.Youre going to need more endurance for powder than you do for corduroy, he noted.Akuthota is triple-board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain medicine and electrodiagnostic medicine, according to a summary of his credentials. He reportedly is the author of more than 50 publications and has spoken and chaired various national and regional conferences, as well as being a founding senior editor of the journal PM&R and the upcoming president of the Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation (PASSOR).Among his areas of expertise, according to the summary, is the idea of aggressive nonsurgical management of low back and neck injuries through sports medicine and injection techniques.Akuthota currently also serves as a team physician for University of Colorado Buffaloes and University of Denver Pioneers. His primary research interests are in the sacroiliac joint and using exercise to combat low-back injuries.His presentation at The Given Institute will involve the use of videotaped examples.

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