Where Do Skiers Go to Break Their Legs?

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A new report on ski injuries has identified the resorts where the lower limb fractures have occurred - for one emergency assistance provider - in the last six years of skiing.

Specialty Assistance Services (SAS), who help customers of a number of insurance companies, have released data from all the ski seasons since the year 2000. Their results, (http://www.complete-ski.com/ski-insurance-claims.cfm), illuminate the frequency of broken legs, even with modern ski equipment and, no doubt, the popularity of certain European resorts on the world scene.

The resort with the most fracture victims, assisted by SAS, was Val D'isère in France. It's perhaps no surprise that the top six resorts in this context were all French, including popular resorts at Courcheval, Meribel, and Le Lac Tignes - a reflection on the numbers skiing there, more than anything else. Likewise popular ski destinations in Italy and Austria also featured strongly.

Studies have suggested that lower limb ski injuries, in the past referred to as "ski fractures", have actually been on the decline, ever since innovations in ski equipment became wide-spread. However, lower limb fractures do still occur with regularity and it's the sheer inconvenience of a leg break on the piste that causes hardship to skiers everywhere. Furthermore, according to recent studies, knee sprains are on the rise as the so-called "soft tissue" injuries are not prevented by even the most robust ski equipment.

Graham Linney,

Marketing Director of Complete-ski.com (http://www.complete-ski.com):

"What this information reminds us is that people are still suffering lower limb fractures when skiing in Europe or further afield. Whether this is surprising or not in light of modern ski equipment, it's these cases -- with the inherent loss of mobility -- that highlight the importance of emergency assistance from people like SAS, when the call arrives."

More information about Specialty Assistance Services is available here: http://www.specialty-group.com

Ski and snowboarding accidents information by resort here: http://www.complete-ski.com/ski-insurance-claims.cfm


According to SAS figures, the resorts below were seen as

The 10 most dangerous destinations, in terms of lower leg fractures:

1.    Val D'isere          -France

2.    Courcheval         -France

3.    Meribel                    -France

4.    Chamonix         -France

5.    Le Lac Tignes          -France

6.    Tignes                 -France

7.    Aprica                  -Italy

8.    Zel Am Zee          -Austria

9.    Alpe D'Huez          -France

10.    Les Deux Alpes      -France


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