Ability and Physical Condition in Relation to Injury Risk in Downhill Skiing

    Published: Jan 1989

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    A case-control study was performed by way of a postal questionnaire among Dutch downhill skiers insured by a company covering one-third of the market. Cases (N = 572) were a sample of those who claimed medical costs because of a ski injury that prevented them from skiing or other activities for one day or longer. Controls (N = 576) were a sample of uninjured skiers who claimed for nonmedical reasons. Self-reported beginners appeared to have an elevated injury risk (OR = 2.1) compared to intermediate or advanced skiers. Among skiers with only 1 or 2 years of experience ski lessons seemed to have a protective effect. No beneficial effect on injury risk could be demonstrated in this study for training on an artificial ski run, ski gymnastics, a good physical condition, or sports participation.


    downhill skiing, injury, ability, physical condition, ski gymnastics, artificial ski run, etiology, epidemiology, risk factors

    Author Information:

    Bouter, LM
    Epidemiologists, University of Limburg, MD Maastricht,

    Knipschild, PG
    Epidemiologists, University of Limburg, MD Maastricht,

    Volovics, A
    State University of Limburg, MD Maastricht,

    Committee/Subcommittee: F27.10

    DOI: 10.1520/STP19458S

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