Ski Safe Training in Italy

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Date(s) - 26/11/2021 - 28/11/2021
All day

Kronplatz, Italy

Project type

Selected participants

Training in Krohnplatz, Italy for ski coaches or instructors from Italy, Slovakia and Croatia.

More information about programme:

Training was divided into theoretical and practical part. The theoretical and practical part of workshop was be based on standards rules International Ski Federation. The content of workshop will be based on health and safety protect of young athletes in alpine skiing. Among the Olympic winter sports, alpine ski racing is known to be a sport with an above average risk of injury.

The practical part will be implemented in the field and carried out at the ski resort. The practical part will be a demonstration exercise to prevent injury and improve the training capacity of children in competitive alpine skiing.

To develop preventative measures that reduce the risk of injury, injury causes need to be well understood by coaches. In theoretical part, should be presented on overview of the risk factors within the subsequent sections

  • young alpine skiing athletes – related injury risk factor

Some of the topics in theoretical part : insufficient adaptability ,adverse crash behaviour,  low peripheral body temperature (cold conditions facilitate body heat transfer to the environment, potentially leading to hypothermia and frostbite), poor mental skills, pre – injury (many young alpine skiing athletes were found to have previously suffered one or more serious skiing injuries), poor individual responsibility/ risk management ( young alpine skiing athletes sometimes gamble with their health rather than miss an important competition or risk their place on the team), unfavourable genetic predisposition, awareness training for injury mechanisms, specific conditioning training, explicit training of adapting skills (injury prevention purpose), Inappropriate tactical choices, fatigue within a course or training session, inappropriate tactical choices, insufficient physical fitness, insufficient core strength/balance. The most injuries occurred in the last quarter of the race when young athletes fatigue becomes evident. A direct relation between fatigue and injury risk needs will be discussed.

  • equipment – related injury risk factor

Changes too many aspects of ski racing have occurred; introduction of carving skis and water – injected slopes being two of the most prominent. Because of these changes, the workshop course will provide detailed hypotheses about potential key risk factors. Topics in theoretical part: ski-plate-binding-boot system,  equipment weight,  standing height due to the ski-plate-binding-boot unit, ski boots, highly – shaped skis/less-shaped skis, short/long skis, wide skis, non-release/inadvertent release of bindings,  body protection and  head protection, alternative panels/poles with less resistance or optimized release mechanism, helmet standards

  • course – related injury risk factor

High skiing speed combined with terrain transitions, high skiing speed combined with small turn radii, high skiing speed in general, inappropriate jump construction, inappropriate net positions, poor visibility , course settings that radically slow down skiers before key sections, increased gate offset shorter linear gate distance, course setting/ equipment interventions/steeper terrain, decreased take-off speeds/ angles, steep landings, B and A net positions, repeated blue coloration to enhance the contrasts on the snow surface

  • snow – related injury risk factor

Topics in theoretical part: aggressive snow conditions, additional water preparation, adequate equipment setups, water – injected/ non – injected snow, too bumpy/smooth snow surface.