Drop in skier density on slopes this winter may tempt some to ski faster than ever When many Canadians were in full lockdown in early spring, I eerily recall being one of few drivers on downtown Toronto empty streets. As an essential worker, I had to show up to work in the ED, no matter … More »
Dr. John’s E.R.
Dr. John’s E.R. Although low-carbohydrate/ketogenic and intermittent-fasting diets are popular as a weight-loss method, especially with the Hollywood set, the available science indicates that these diets may impair ski performance and recovery. A 2010 study of competitors in a two-day ski mountaineering competition showed that the best performances correlated with higher complex-carbohydrate (slow-burning) intake along … More »
On the chairlift, at après-ski or sometimes through the magazine, I’m often asked medical questions beyond what I typically attend to in a big-city E.R. Here are a few that have surfaced more than once. Why does my friend Errol fart so much when he skis? Increased flatus at higher elevations is a phenomenon called … More »
Most skiers are familiar with the damage that ultraviolet-ray exposure can do to skin, such as painful sunburn, wrinkles and cancer, but many of us are unaware of the significant risks that skiing can pose to unprotected eyes. UV radiation is not part of the visible spectrum, and for our purposes can be divided into … More »
The longest average life expectancy in the U.S., at 87 years of age, can be found in Colorado ski country. Counties in other parts of the country have averages as low as 66 years. Could skiing be the magic elixir? While we can’t draw a direct line between skiing and a longer life, there is … More »
An acquaintance of mine was unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with skier’s thumb on both hands from a single fall. His treatment involved a cast on both wrists for six weeks. During his recovery period, I still have memories of his roommates arguing over who would help him in the bathroom. Skier’s thumb, also known … More »
First off, skiing is safe. The average rate of sustaining a head injury while skiing that results in an E.R. visit is approximately one head injury per 10,000 days of skiing. This is far less than cycling, skating and tobogganing. by DR. JOHN FOOTE in the Winter 2017 issue The treatment and recognition of concussion … More »