SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1985

Injury and Race Completion Rates in Alpine Competitions


The injuries in alpine skiing competitions in Norway were registered in the winter season of 1981/82. Data from 251 out of 381 races were obtained, and 40 injuries in 36 skiers were recorded. Forty-five percent of the injuries were located in the lower extremity, and 20% of all injuries were fractures. The average injury rate was 1.4 injured skier per 1000 participating racers. About 75% of the racers were younger than 16 years old, and the injury rate among them (0.7 per 1000) was significantly below that of skiers between the ages of 16 and 29 (3.8). The injury rate was also related to the type of race, being about ten times higher in downhill (10.3) than in slalom (0.8) and giant slalom (0.7) races. About 86% of all the skiers stayed the course. The race completion percentage was highest in downhill races (98%), followed by giant slalom (91 %) and slalom (78%) races.

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Ekeland, Arne
Ullevaal Hospital, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Holm, Arild
Norwegian Ski Association, Baerum, Norway
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Developed by Committee: F27
Pages: 293–301
DOI: 10.1520/STP46645S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-6832-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-6833-6