Ski Safe Training in Italy

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

Kronplatz, Italy

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

More information about the program:

Training was divided into theoretical and practical part. The theoretical and practical part of the workshop were based on the standards rules of the International Ski Federation. The content of the workshop was based on health and safety protection 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 was 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 preventive measures that reduce the risk of injury, injury causes need to be well understood by coaches. In the theoretical part, an overview of the risk factors within the subsequent sections should be presented

  • young alpine skiing athletes – related injury risk factor

Some of the topics in the theoretical partinsufficient core strength/balance. The most injuries occurred in the last quarter of the race when young athletes fatigue becomes evident. A direct relationship 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.