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June 28, 1965


JAMA. 1965;192(13):1158. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080260046017

The increased popularity of skiing provides an opportunity for healthy, outdoor winter recreation to nearly 3 million Americans each year. Unfortunately skiing is a relatively dangerous sport when one considers the hours at risk for an individual skier. Various methods of determining risk indicate that from 1 in 100 to 1 in 1,000 skiers are seriously injured per skiing day.1,2 An attempt to analyze the rate of skiing accidents in terms of vertical feet skied by the entire skiing population at a given area is presented in the June issue of the Archives of Environmental Health.3 The investigators outline a relatively simple procedure by use of a card-return system to determine the amount skied per person per hour. These data are subsequently analyzed for variables which potentially influence the rate of injury, such as proficiency, age, sex, type of equipment, and previous skiing instruction.

Comparison of the data