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Skiing Not As Dangerous as Believed
Date:10/29/2009

New study analyzes myths concerning alpine skiing injuries

Rosemont, IL (Vocus) October 30, 2009 -- Alpine skiing is often considered one of the most dangerous winter sports around, especially with the horrific crash videos replayed during the evening sports casts. However, a new study published in the November/December issue of Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach investigates and debunks 12 common myths associated with the sport.

“There are many common misperceptions about skiing safety and equipment needs,” said lead author, Robert J. Johnson, MD, Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Vermont. “Our study reviewed the literature concerning 12 of the most common topics related to skiing and determined that all or at least part of each of the myths could not be substantiated.”

The 12 myths that Johnson and his colleagues analyzed included:

 
  • Skiing is among the most dangerous of activities
  • Truth: The approximate annual fatality rate per million hours of exposure associated with cars (~0.30) and bicycles (0.07) is essentially the same as that for skiing (0.12).
  • Broken legs have been traded for blown-out knees
  • Truth: The increase in anterior cruciate ligament injuries came later than did the decrease in lower leg injuries; the two groups involve completely different mechanisms of injury.
  • All you need to know is your DIN (release indicator value) number and you can adjust
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