SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1993

Skier Injury Trends—1972–1990


Between 1972 and 1990 the authors evaluated prospectively 6671 injuries reported to the injury clinic operated in the base lodge of a moderate size northern Vermont ski area. During that time approximately 2 032 000 skier-visits occurred at the area. The overall injury rate decreased by 48% during the study. Lower leg injuries improved the most with an 83% reduction noted. Overall, the incidence of knee ligament injuries didn't change significantly. However, the incidence of minor to moderate injuries did diminish by 70% while severe knee sprains, usually involving the anterior cruciate ligament, increased very significantly (209%). In general, the incidence of upper body injuries did not change although upper body lacerations and thumb ulnar collateral ligament sprains improved by 55% and 59% respectively, while clavicular fractures increased in incidence significantly (176%).

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Johnson, RJ
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Ettinger, CF
Vermont Ski Safety Equipment, Inc., Underhill, VT
Shealy, JE
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
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Developed by Committee: F27
Pages: 11–22
DOI: 10.1520/STP25555S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5237-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1494-4