Contrast Enhancing Filters in Ski Sports

    Volume 2, Issue 1 (January 2005)

    ISSN: 1546-962X


    Published Online: 3 January 2005

    Page Count: 8

    Lingelbach, B
    Professor and Head of Institute of Optometry, Aalen (IfAA), Abtsgmünd/Leinroden,

    Jendrusch, G
    Biologist, Sport Scientist, and Assistant Chairman of Sports Medicine Department, Ruhr University Bochum, Bochum,

    (Received 31 July 2003; accepted 14 June 2004)


    The need to visually recognize irregularities in the terrain, such as hummocks or hollows, is necessary for the skier to react appropriately. The state of the art is to use blue attenuator filters or grey filters as sunglasses. But without knowledge of the spectra, e.g., the surface of the slope, it is impossible to choose or develop an optimal filter. We measured the spectra of snow under various conditions. These data served as a base to develop a new kind of filter suitable for skiing. Some physiological evidence is given why this new kind of filter is optimal for skiing. The filters are already used by the German Ski Federation World Cup team (women) in both training and competition.

    Paper ID: JAI11972

    DOI: 10.1520/JAI11972

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    Title Contrast Enhancing Filters in Ski Sports
    Symposium Skiing Trauma and Safety: Fifteenth Volume, 2003-04-29
    Committee F27