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Injuries among World Cup freestyle skiers

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Project status: Published
Project manager: Tonje Wåle Flørenes
Supervisor(s): Roald Bahr, Lars Nordsletten
Coworker(s): Stig Heir


Freestyle skiing is a relatively new sport. The disciplines at World Cup level today varies from moguls/dual moguls, aerials, halfpipe and ski cross. Only one previous study has described the injury risk and injury patterns among competitive freestyle skiers, but this information is 30 years old and considerable changes have occurred in the sport since this time.


The aim of this study has therefore been to describe in detail the risk of injury and the injury pattern among male and female competitive World Cup freestyle skiers.  



We performed retrospective interviews with all World Cup freestyle skiers from selected nations at the end of the 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 winter seasons and recorded all acute injuries occurring during the competitive season. If the athlete was not present, we interviewed their coaches or medical personnel.

We outlined the interview form as a week-by-week schedule of the World Cup season to make it easy for the athletes to remember back. If an injury was recorded, information regarding the injured body part, the injury type, severity and a specific diagnosis was collected.


This project is part of the FIS Injury Surveillance System, FIS ISS.

Results from this study will increase our knowledge of injuries to World Cup freestyle skiers and be an important first step to try to reduce the number of injuries among our elite skiers.