Ski Season's Here, and So Are the Injuries

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Ski Season's Here, and So Are the Injuries

Skiing Injuries Are Costly

Reviewed by the Faculty of Harvard Medical School

Ski Season's Here, and So Are the Injuries

As the colder weather approaches, so does the winter sports season. And with that season come injuries — and plenty of them. There are an estimated 800,000 injuries reported as a result of winter sports each year.

Take a look at skiing alone. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), yearly expenses for medical bills, legal bills, liability, work loss and pain and suffering associated with skiing-related injuries add up to billions of dollars.

So what to do about this phenomenon among skiers?

The AAOS offers the following tips:

  • Skiers should ski with partners and stay within sight of each other. If one partner loses the other, he or she should stop and wait.
  • At the start of each new day, skiers should take a couple of slow ski runs to warm up.
  • Skiers should watch out for rocks and patches of ice on the ski trails and should make adjustments for icy conditions, deep snow powder, wet snow and adverse weather conditions.
  • Skiers should stay on marked trails and avoid avalanche areas, such as steep hillsides with little vegetation.
  • Skiers should buy boots and bindings that have been set, adjusted, maintained and tested by a ski shop that follows American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard job practices.
  • Skiers should check the binding of each ski before skiing. The bindings must be properly adjusted to the skier's height and weight.
  • Skiers should rest when fatigued. Most injuries occur when skiers are tired at the end of the day.


Ski Season's Here, and So Are the Injuries
Skiing is becoming more popular, but with that popularity comes injuries that cost the country millions of dollars in lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.
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Last updated June 13, 2014

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