Orthopedic Local News

Week 7 Q&A with Dr. Dorf: What does your pre-season ski conditioning routine entail?

Dec 7, 2018

A: I joke with people that the only time I ever run is if I am at the airport, however I will break from this tenant as we approach winter.

Some short trail runs and cyclocross add a completely different stress to my body to help me prepare. I combine short hard indoor bike rides with core exercises and agility work. This helps me to get stronger for the upcoming winter and helps me to engage muscle groups that have been relatively dormant throughout my summer season.

Team Summit Ski Ball 2018

Dec 5, 2018

The Team Summit Ski Ball was on Saturday at the Keystone Conference Center. The annual event raises money for for Team Summit athletes through a silent auction and a live auction. Always a fun event!

Vail-Summit Orthopaedics and guests

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The Cycle Effect

Nov 28, 2018

Dr. Dorf and Vail-Summit Orthopaedics is a proud sponsor of the Cycle Effect. The Cycle Effect is a public charity that allows young women the opportunity to participate in the joys of cycling and grow as an individual.

The Cycle Effect helps young women with stress management and facilitates a healthy lifestyle. They also teach young women about the importance of being involved with the community.


Week 6 Q&A with Dr. Dorf: What kinds of mistakes do people make when prepping for the ski season? What advice do you have for them?

Nov 23, 2018

A: We all obviously try to hang on to summer as long as possible. As the days get shorter however, you have to start to diversify your workout routine. The most common mistake I see is that people just completely blow off their preseason conditioning because they are trying to hang on to summer until the very last minute. Start to diversify your routine now, and you will have a full 6-8 weeks of improving fitness as we move into the next season. Remember, at this point in the year there are only marginal gains that can be made from continuing with your bike or running routine.

Volunteers at World Cup Beaver Creek

Danger in the Backcountry

Nov 16, 2018

The ever so inviting backcountry skiing is not always as harmless as it looks. Below is a powerful video and true story about several very gifted athletes that were unfortunate enough to fall victim to an avalanche. 

Video Credit: BRASS Foundation

It is helpful to be educated on the safety measures available while back country skiing. This is an important message to everyone including our local ski teams who have the potential to be our future Olympians. 


Week 5 Q&A with Dr. Dorf: What kinds of exercises should people continue doing well into the ski season to prevent common injuries?

Nov 15, 2018

A: Stretching is probably the most important thing to do throughout the season. Again, low back, hamstring, and quad mobilization can help you to enjoy a long and healthy ski season. A short core session 2-3 times per week can also be really helpful to keep the core engaged throughout its full range.

Early Morning Training

Nov 14, 2018

Early morning training session with only the best.

Good luck this season!

Week 4 Q&A with Dr. Dorf: What are some of the most common early-season ski injuries? How can they be prevented?

Nov 9, 2018

A: I can't tell you how many people end their ski season in November or December after injuring the Anterior Cruciate Ligament of their knee. ACL injuries typically occur after an athlete gets into a position where their body weight is behind their feet. The core is at a serious disadvantage in this position and the athlete then struggles to keep the feet under the center of mass. The weight of the body rotates around the lower body, resulting in a twisting force across one of the knees. The all too familiar "pop" that is experienced in the knee at this time is almost always the result of a complete tear of the ACL. This season ending injury is a guarantee for a great snow year.

Team Summit Fit for Duty 2018/2019

Nov 3, 2018

As medical director of Team Summit, Dr. Dorf and his team of athletic trainers and physical therapists have recently completed the Fit For Duty physicals for Team Summits coaches.  VSO is looking forward to a safe season with Team Summit Colorado. Good luck to all the athletes and have fun out there!

Dr. Dorf-Team Summit Medical Director

A special thank you to the ATCs and physical therapists who helped with the evaluations. You guys are awesome!

Week 3 Q&A with Dr. Dorf: Why is it important to physically prepare the body for ski season and not just head right out for the slopes?

Oct 26, 2018

A: There are really three reasons to put some time in now in preparation for the ski season.

First and foremost, injury prevention. There is nothing worse than getting really excited for a big season, and then having an early season injury change your plans. The only way to guarantee a big snow year is to have an early season injury that keeps you from enjoying the winter.

Secondly, all the time you put into your ski fitness now will make your enjoyment of the early season so much better. The slopes are frequently crowed and the conditions sub-optimal so the more on the ball you can be the better.

The third important reason to prepare for the upcoming season is so that you can maximize your improvement over the winter. If you spend half of the season fighting for your fitness, that only allows you another half of a season to take advantage of this fitness to make significant strides in your technique. I have been skiing for 47 years now, and I am continually trying to get better, or at least, not get much worse!