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Backward release seems to be one of the few remaining improvements still possible to existing mechanical bindings that can reduce the number and the severity of knee injuries, boot-top fractures, and contusions. An adequate choice of the setting is a necessary condition for the effectiveness of this release mode.
In order to evaluate the “softest” setting for backward release that does not cause inadvertent release of the binding (i.e., the “skiable minimum”), several series of field tests were carried out.
In the next step, the skiable minimum setting found by each test skier was correlated with the weight of the skier. For fast and aggressive skiers, the correlation was found to be poor, and a high level of scatter was observed. For other types of skiers the correlation was much better, and scatter was significantly lower.
skiing accidents, ski, equipments, release bindings
Mechanical engineer, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Laboratory for Applied Mechanics, Lausanne,