SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1985

Collision Injuries in Downhill Skiing


Patients sustaining collision injuries, patients with noncollision injuries, and a control population were statistically compared to determine significant differences. All injury data gathered at the Sugarbush North Ski Area in Vermont from 1972 through 1982 were evaluated. Eighteen percent of all injuries observed in our study resulted from collisions. Collision injuries in general were less severe than noncollision injuries. However, collisions with trees produced a disproportionately high number of serious injuries. Collisions with man-made objects were relatively infrequent and resulted in less severe injuries than noncollision injuries. In general, skiers sustaining collision injuries were more skilled than skiers sustaining noncollision injuries. Proportionately, males tended to have a higher incidence of collision-type injuries than females, with the exception of collisions with other skiers, in which female injuries predominated.

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Jenkins, Raeburn
University of Vermont School of Medicine, Burlington, VT
Johnson, Robert, J.
University of Vermont School of Medicine, Burlington, VT
Pope, Malcolm, H.
University of Vermont School of Medicine, Burlington, VT
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Developed by Committee: F27
Pages: 358–366
DOI: 10.1520/STP46651S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-6832-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-6833-6