Skiing and Snowboarding After Joint Replacement Surgery: Is it Right for You?

As the temperature drops, most New Jersey residents groan at the prospect of snow shoveling, ice salting, and increased heating bills. But for some, the frigid weather conditions mean one exciting thing–skiing and snowboarding season has arrived! Unfortunately, many winter sports enthusiasts are limited in their ability to partake in these activities due to a recent joint replacement surgery.


Skiing and snowboarding are considered high-impact sports. Individuals who have undergone joint replacement surgery are at an increased risk for a winter sports injury.


Your level of risk will depend on several factors:

  1. Type of Surgery. Skiing and snowboarding present a particular risk for an injury in the shoulders, spine, or knees. If your surgery was a knee or shoulder replacement, or any other procedure related to these areas of the body, these winter sports put you at higher risk of a post-op injury.
  2. Your Activity Level Before Surgery. For individuals who were active prior to surgery, particularly in the type of sport you are considering returning to, your body will be better equipped to take it back up after surgery.
  3. Your Age. Later in life, due to weaker bones and muscles, you are particularly vulnerable to an injury.


It is essential to consult with your doctor to find out if engaging in a winter sport like skiing or snowboarding is right for you. What is right for someone else’s body may not be right for your own. To consult with one of our orthopedic specialists, request an appointment online today.


If you find that winter sports after joint replacement surgery are too great a risk for you, don’t despair! There are plenty of low-impact sports, such as swimming or golf, which are not only safe and fun but will also help your body to heal and grow stronger after your surgery. This sounds like a great reason to book a winter getaway to the Caribbean, doesn’t it?


If you’re still determined to play in the snow, sledding is a fun, joint-friendly way to enjoy the winter–and you can bring the little ones in your life along for the ride!