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Sports Health. 2019 Jan/Feb;11(1):18-26. doi: 10.1177/1941738118813051.

Alpine Skiing Injuries.

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1
Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont.
2
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York.

Abstract

CONTEXT::

Alpine skiing is a popular sport worldwide but has significant risk for injury. The epidemiology of skiing-related injuries has been described, which has led to the identification of risk factors for specific types of injuries.

EVIDENCE ACQUISITION::

Pertinent literature from peer-reviewed publications was reviewed.

STUDY DESIGN::

Clinical review.

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE::

Level 5.

RESULTS::

The adoption of international standards for ski-boot-binding systems has changed the profile of skiing-related injuries over time, as has the widespread use of helmets. An understanding of mechanisms of injury, risk factors, and preventative measures may decrease the incidence of skiing-related injuries.

CONCLUSION::

Advances in standards for skiing equipment have been effective at decreasing both the frequency and severity of skiing-related injuries, but additional efforts are required to improve the safety of the sport.

KEYWORDS:

alpine skiing; anterior cruciate ligament (ACL); epidemiology; head injury; injury

PMID:
30782106
PMCID:
PMC6299353
[Available on 2019-12-17]
DOI:
10.1177/1941738118813051
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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