Ski Myth Debunker: Exercise DOES NOT prevent skiing injuries

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on December 16, 2009 12:53 pm

Math don’t lie.

In a study published by Sports Health, Robert J Johnson, MD or the University of Vermont, exposes many myths about ski safety.  It’s an eye-opening episode of Myth Busters, especially #9.  Exercise does not help prevent skiing injuries?  Wow.  Calling all obese couch potatoes.  We have a sport for you!  Skiing! 

Although, I guess it could be a matter of Bill Clinton wordplay.  No exercise can (entirely) prevent skiing injuries.  But, I’d have to surmise (no math in surmising) that exercise helps in lessening fatigue.  And in my non-mathematical analysis, fatigue causes crashes that can cause injury.  Go peer review that!

Here are the list of myths that Dr. Johnson found to be without empirical evidence.  These statements, according to this professor emeritus, are FALSE:

(1) Broken legs have been traded for blown-out knees.
(2) If you know your DIN (a slang term for release indicator value), you can adjust your own bindings.
(3) Toe and heel piece settings must be the same to function properly.
(4) Formal ski instruction will make you safer.
(5) Very short skis do not need release bindings.
(6) Spending a lot of money on children’s equipment is not worth the cost.
(7) Children need plenty of room in ski boots for their growing feet.
(8) If you think you are going to fall, just relax.
(9) Exercise can prevent skiing injuries.
(10) Lower release settings can reduce the risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury.
(11) Buying new ski equipment is safer than renting.
(12) Skiing is among the most dangerous of activities.

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