SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1993

Children's Skiing Injuries in Victoria, Australia


This study reviews 2501 skiing injuries presenting to the Mt. Hotham Medical Centre over a three year period. Of these, 204 involved children 12 years of age or younger. Patterns of injury are compared with the 2297 cases involving skiers 13 years or older.

There was no significant difference in the overall rate of injury between the two groups. The incidence of knee ligament injuries was similar in both groups but the rate of lower leg fracture in children was six times that of adults. Interestingly, thumb injuries were virtually nonexistent in the under 12 group.

These injury patterns suggest that advances made over the last two decades in adult ski boot and binding design have not been reflected in increased lower leg safety for the child skier population.

Author Information

Giddings, PH
Mt. Hotham Medical Centre, Hotham Heights, Victoria, Australia
McCallum, IG
Mt. Hotham Medical Centre, Hotham Heights, Victoria, Australia
Duff, PA
, Victoria, Australia
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Developed by Committee: F27
Pages: 50–54
DOI: 10.1520/STP25559S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5237-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1494-4