FIS acts to decrease number of ski injuries

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 30, 2009 11:32 am

A little while back, we reported on the safety conference held between the International Ski Federation (FIS) and several skiers and coaches. The meeting was arranged due to concern over the rise of injured ski racers in the World Cup circuit this season. Some of the injured racers this season include: Lindsey Vonn (not serious), Bode Miller (not serious), Larisa Yurkiw, Didier Cuche, J-P Roy…and more.

The FIS has taken a progressive step in investigating the cause of all these injuries. They have been testing new gate panels (flags that rip away with a skier makes contact). These tests were performed during the World Cup circuit in Bormio, Italy this week.

They found a solution that could have prevented season-ending injuries for Park City‘s TJ Lanning and Frenchman Pierre-Emmanuel Dalcin when they crashed into the gates. The solution? Installing a line of Velcro down the middle of a panel. Simple, but significant. We’ll see what else the FIS comes up with, and hopefully we’ll see fewer injuries in the near future.