Ski injuries put on ice: How to strengthen tendons and ligaments

12, 2018
3 min

Whether it involves the Olympic gold course or just skiing for fun - the high physical strain on ski slopes often causes severe injuries to tendons and ligaments. Research already offers solutions for prevention - with Bioactive Collagen Peptides (BCP®)

Year for year, numerous skiers - from hobby athletes to Olympic downhill skiers - are injured. Last season, more than 40,000 suffered. Meniscus, lateral or cruciate ligament tears are among the most frequent injuries. The reason is that ligaments and tendons, which are supposed to provide the body support and enable movement, harden in the cold and are exposed to high, unusual loads. These can limit functionality and increase the risk of injury or lead to pain and restricted mobility. Alpine skiers are most often affected.

High physical strain leads to tendon and ligament injuries

Although tendons and ligaments are often used interchangeably in everyday language, they perform very different functions in the body: tendons, consisting of collagen fibers, connect the bones to the muscles. Ligaments, however, serve to secure and move the joints. Both tendons and ligaments are crucial for movement control and mobility.

Collagen - the all-rounder

Collagen is a major component of the human body. About 30% of our total body protein is collagen. Collagen is crucial for mobile joints, stable bones, healthy muscles, strong ligaments and tendons, smooth skin, glossy hair and healthy finger nails. It is one of the primary structural proteins of connective tissues and also abundant in blood vessels, intervertebral discs, the blood-brain barrier, the cornea, dentin and the intestinal wall – a vital component of our whole body.

Strengthening tendons and ligaments

Bioactive Collagen Peptides (BCP®) are a composition of different specific peptides optimized for specific physiological benefits. The peptides are derived from a highly controlled production process of collagen, which is determined by hydrolyzation conditions. As a result, Bioactive Collagen Peptides differ in physiological functionality. They are optimized to maximize stimulation of the human cell types involved in collagen biosynthesis.

For example, they promote and significantly strengthen the health and quality of tendons and ligaments. This reduces the risk of injury, improves flexibility, and speeds up the return to normal training after an injury layoff.

Nutritional supplement or optimization via drinks or tablets

Scientific studies have shown that specific Bioactive Collagen Peptides stimulate the biosynthesis of collagen, proteoglycans and elastin in Achilles tendon and ligament fibroblasts.

Bioactive Collagen Peptides like TENDOFORTE® by GELITA has been proven as a nutrition solution to support strong and flexible tendons & ligaments contributing to the foundation of high performance and fast return-to-training in athletes. They can be taken in different ways. These include sports drinks, dietary supplements, tablets or powder drinks.

More safety through prevention? Innovative research with Bioactive Collagen Peptides offers a solution for professional and hobby skiers.

Read more about Bioactive Collagen Peptides here.