Skiing injuries

Although skiing has a reputation as a dangerous sport, research has shown that general skiing injury rates have reduced by 50% over the last fifteen years. Even so, it is almost as common for a skier to talk about their most recent injury as it is a road runner!

Most common

  • MCL injury
  • Fractured collar bone
  • AC joint injury
  • Medial meniscus injury
  • Thumb sprain

Skiing Injury Statistics

The most likely part of the body to get injured is the knee which accounts for some 45% of skiing injuries. Although general injury rates have decreased over the last fifteen years severe knee injuries such as ACL ruptures have increased 172% over the last 15 years.

Research suggests that younger, lighter and less experienced skiers are at highest risk of injury. Beginners are thought to be 33% more likely to be injured than the more experienced skier. Women are more likely to sustain knee injuries whilst men are more likely to injure their head or shoulder.