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Whether you snowboard or ski, being prepared is the best prevention against injury on the slopes.

Most skiers know that knees are particularly vulnerable to injury, but did you know that the type of knee injury a skier is likely to suffer might depend on snow conditions? Fractures are more common on hard-packed snow and muscle tears are more common in softer snow, according to Alvarado Hospital orthopedic surgeon and Olympic Ski Team physician Scott Hacker said

Before you hit  the slopes, make sure you have your ski equipment checked by a professional and give your own body a tuneup by conditioning it with stretches and workouts to tone the muscles.

Hacker said to wear a helmet, be aware of your surroundings and ski at your ability level. He also said skiers should think twice about that last run -- many ski injuries happen toward the end of the day.

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