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    Skier Injury Trends—1972–1990

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    Between 1972 and 1990 the authors evaluated prospectively 6671 injuries reported to the injury clinic operated in the base lodge of a moderate size northern Vermont ski area. During that time approximately 2 032 000 skier-visits occurred at the area. The overall injury rate decreased by 48% during the study. Lower leg injuries improved the most with an 83% reduction noted. Overall, the incidence of knee ligament injuries didn't change significantly. However, the incidence of minor to moderate injuries did diminish by 70% while severe knee sprains, usually involving the anterior cruciate ligament, increased very significantly (209%). In general, the incidence of upper body injuries did not change although upper body lacerations and thumb ulnar collateral ligament sprains improved by 55% and 59% respectively, while clavicular fractures increased in incidence significantly (176%).


    ski injuries, epidemiology, knee injuries, injury rates

    Author Information:

    Johnson, RJ
    Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

    Ettinger, CF
    President, Vermont Ski Safety Equipment, Inc., Underhill, VT

    Shealy, JE
    Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

    Committee/Subcommittee: F27.60

    DOI: 10.1520/STP25555S