Medicine: Skiing and Safety

Of an estimated 5 million skiers in the U.S., 250,000 will probably be injured on the slopes this winter. Can the risks of skiing be reduced? Ski-school directors and designers of ski equipment have long argued that better instruction and improved equipment could cut the injury rate considerably. Three doctors from the Boston School of Medicine question this. Drs. Joshua Gutman, Jonathan Weisbuch and Milton Wolf write in the A.M.A. Journal that despite better equipment and training, the injury rate for skiers has changed little, if at all, in twelve years. What has changed is the nature of ski injuries.

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