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A controlled study of alpine ski injuries in Hemsedal, Norway, is presented. Accident data for the 1981/82 season were analyzed. A total of 143 injuries and 126 controls were compared for epidemiological data. The injury rate was 0.91 per 1000 skier days. Children under 15 years of age, women, and beginners who had skied for less than three seasons and for less than four days within that season were most at risk. Twenty percent of the injuries were due to collisions; 24% of the injured skiers had a fracture. About 10% of all the skiers had their bindings adjusted to values within ±10% of the recommended values in the reference systems of the Schweizerische Beratungsstelle für Unfallverhütung (BfU) and Internationaler Arbeitskreis Sicherheit beim Skilauf (IAS).
skiing, skiing trauma, skiing safety, ski injuries, epidemiology, age factor, skiing ability
Physician, International Society for Skiing Safety, Hemsedal,