Boarding (Skate, Snow, Wake/Knee)

Skateboarding, snowboarding and skiing injuries are often due to trauma from falling on hard surfaces with speed. Muscle strains, ligament sprains, contusions and fractures can occur in both the upper body, lower body, and/or spine. Due to the fit of the equipment, skiers are likely to have injuries to structures of the knee due to twisting mechanisms and snowboarders are likely to have injuries to structures of the upper body such as an acromioclavicular joint sprain (“shoulder separation") from a fall on an outstretched hand, as more specific examples.

Wakeboarding, knee boarding, and water skiing all require and unique combination of voluntary actions and unpredictable demands (example: boat, water surface) all while moving at a fast pace. Injuries can occur due to impact (example: knee ligamentous injury, shoulder dislocation, or spinal cord injury) or overuse (example: knee tendonitis from squatting and jumping motions).


To discuss your treatment options, contact one of our sports injury focused Physical Therapists. Call or text 309.231.0676


important information About concussions

Due to the potential for forceful impact, participants are at risk for concussions. It is important to seek medical advice after a head injury and physical therapists are part of the team of trained healthcare professionals that can treat this condition.

Together, your healthcare professional and your physical therapist can:

  • perform baseline concussion testing including screens for cognition, concentration, memory and the neurological system.

  • evaluate and treat post-concussion symptoms to help athletes safely progress back to normal sports participation.

For more information, read our Concussion page.