SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1991

Alpine Skiing Injuries: An Epidemiological Study


To ensure the maximum level of safety for alpine skiers, conditions and factors that predispose to injury need to be identified. This study surveyed potential risk factors for injury in a closed population of skiers using well-defined criteria for injury. Thirteen percent of those skiers answering the survey sustained an injury. The injury rate was 24 per 1000 skier days. Most injuries occurred on the first day of skiing. Icy conditions and fatigue appeared to predispose skiers to injury. The shoulder and knee were the most common anatomical sites of injury. Factors such as age, sex, level of ability, and conditioning, which have been implicated in previous studies as risk factors for injury in alpine skiing, did not appear to predispose the skier to injury in this controlled study.

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Oliver, BC
Sports Medicine Center at Mease Clinic, Safety Harbor, FL
Allman, FL
Atlanta Sports Medicine, Atlanta, GA
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Developed by Committee: F27
Pages: 164–169
DOI: 10.1520/STP17642S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5164-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1405-0