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FIS Injury Surveillance System - Three Seasons On:


After three successful seasons, it has been possible to confirm the first season's accident data. It is now evident that there is a high injury risk in the disciplines of Alpine and Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding. Around a third of all recorded injuries result in a mandatory rest of over 28 days for the athlete, with knee injuries predominant, followed by concussion and broken bones.

The FIS Medical Committee agrees that short term solutions for a rapid reduction in the number of accidents must now be sought. The expertise of a variety of specialists, such as the FIS Race Directors, coaches, athletes, doctors, biomechanics experts etc, will be applied. The OSTRC's recently introduced video analysis of World Cup races should also be of great benefit in this process. The purpose of the video analysis is to show in detail the accident scenario and the mechanics of the accident.


"We appreciate all the efforts that the OSTRC, with outstanding support from DJO, has put into the FIS ISS project. Having analyzed the results of the first three seasons across the disciplines, the FIS ISS Steering Committee is able to state that the main focus must be on knee injuries. The initial steps for reducing future injuries are now being defined and we look forward to sharing those shortly," commented Dr Hubert Hörterer, Chairman of the FIS Medical Committee.

To download a summary publication, prepared by OSTRC, of all FIS ISS statistics from the last three seasons please click here.

The FIS Injury Surveillance System (FIS ISS) was set up by FIS in collaboration with the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center (OSTRC) during the 2006/07 season and is financially supported by DJO International.


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