SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1987

Current Trends in Ski Injuries and Their Relationship to Recent Changes in Ski Equipment


In the past 28 years (from Dec. 1956 to April 1984), we have examined 47 165 patients with ski injuries in our ski injury clinic at the Ishiuchi ski area, Japan. Of these ski injuries, 70% were to males, 30% were to females, and classifying by age, 68.9% of the patients were in their thirties. The overall injury rate and injured persons are decreasing year by year. The most frequent injuries were knee sprains (19.6%), ankle sprains (19.3%), ankle fractures (12.8%), lower leg fractures (10.4%), and lacerations to the head and face (8.8%). These ski injuries were closely connected to developments in ski equipment being used such as safety bindings, ski boots, safety straps, and ski brakes. And, the overall injury rate is increasing year by year. Viewing from the changing of the relative percentage of total number of injuries per year, ankle sprains and ankle fractures have been decreasing, nevertheless knee sprains, fractured lower legs, and lacerations to the head and face have been increasing relatively.

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Kuriyama, S
School of Medicine, Showa University, Tokyo, Japan
Fujimaki, E
School of Medicine, Showa University, Tokyo, Japan
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Developed by Committee: F27
Pages: 263–270
DOI: 10.1520/STP23193S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5003-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0936-0