SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1999

Femur Fractures in French Winter Sports Resorts


This paper presents the study of the incidence of femur fractures and their epidemiological description in the French winter sports resorts. During the 1994, 1995, and 1996 seasons, 99.339 injuries were recorded by the 72 physicians of the “Médecins de Mon- tagne” Skiing Safety Network. These physicians are divided into 52 winter sports resorts. Their distribution is homogeneous across the entire French mountainous regions. During the 1994 season and in the Northern Alps region, we have studied the activity of the Hospital Rescue Service (SAMU in France) as well as a control group. The descriptive analysis confirms the increasing risk of femoral neck fractures among women over 55 and noted a lesser risk among female teenagers and young women. The incidence of femur fracture is 1.5/100 000 skiers per day or 65.769 MDBI (2.5/1000 skiers per day for all downhill injuries).

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Laporte, JD
, Skiing Safety Network, Les Angles, France
Binet, MH
, Skiing Safety Network, Les Angles, France
Constans, D
, Skiing Safety Network, Les Angles, France
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Developed by Committee: F27
Pages: 158–165
DOI: 10.1520/STP12366S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5398-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2612-1