Snow sports are increasingly popular. They are fun but are very physically demanding. When injuries do occur they can be significant. Improvements in equipment has improved safety – boots, bindings and helmet use etc. Boarders have greatly improved protection through developments in clothing and joint supports, such as wrist and back braces.
Injury rates are relatively low at 2 per 1000 / day – but injuries can be very significant.
Risk of injury is increased with
Poor Technical ability / Reduced Skill Level
Poor Control / Technique
Speed / Jumping / Use of terrain Parks
(overcast / poor light reduces speed + risk)
(Increased piste difficulty = reduced risk of injury with greater experience and skill)
Lower limb injuries common amongst skiers:
Upper limb injuries frequently in boarders.
Studies show a decline in snow sports injury rates by about 55% to its current level.
Lower leg injuries have reduced the most over the years but have recently levelled off.
The incidence of severe knee sprains (ACL primarily) has stabilised over recent decades. Lower leg fractures are less common. Shoulder injury occurs most often due to falls (90%) or to collision (3% with people, 1% with obstacles). Around 1 in 6 of all injuries was to the head.
These improvements are in equipment (bindings and stiffer ski boots), slope grooming and carving skis
Snowboarding has grown rapidly. Snowboarding initially carried a higher risk of injury.
Experience appears to be an important factor; 49% of injured snowboarders were beginners compared to 18% of skiers. Children + adults fall more often than youths do; beginners 6 times as often as experienced boarders. Runs in pipes and terrain parks resulted in falls in 30% and 20% of the runs respectively. Falls were mostly onto the hands for beginners and onto the back/bottom for experienced boarders.
In 2009 the risk of injury from snowboarding was less than that of alpine skiing.
If you have an injury let us assess and treat it at Ennis Physiotherapy Clinic. Simply contact us to make an appointment
Injury Region Skiers Snowboarders
Head / Face 13.5% 14.3%
Shoulder 9.5% 13.1%
Knee 33.4% 11.8%
Lower Leg 8.6%
The following measures help to reduce the risk of injury:
If you need more personalised advice on pre ski / boarding preparation please contact us at Ennis Physiotherapy Clinic
The following outlines a suitable exercise programme to prepare for skiing and snowboarding. The video illustrates some suitable exercises to begin getting fit for snow sports
www.ski-injury.com is a good website with evidence based information
www.skiclub.co.uk has a huge amount of useful information relating to all aspects of snow sports
www.skiclub.ie is the link to the Ski Club of Ireland
The following links provide a nice variety of exercise options on video too. They include some promotional stuff at the start and finish but the exercises themselves are nice and varied.
Comparison of Ski and Snowboarding Injuries by Region
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