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Skiing: How can the knees be better protected?

2021-01-25T00:16:29.812Z

The number of skiing accidents has more than halved in the last few decades. But falls still often have serious consequences. Scientists are working on new security technologies.



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You were traveling too fast, too carelessly or you absolutely had to press a departure into the day, although your limbs and mind were already ripe for the couch.

Short and painless: If skiers injure themselves, it is their own fault in around nine out of ten cases.

For tens of thousands, holidays in the mountains end every year on crutches or with their arm in a loop.

Rescue helicopters in constant use, stressed mountain rescue workers and full emergency rooms - if you follow some TV documentaries, you often get the impression that accidents on the slopes are becoming more and more dramatic.

The opposite is the case.

According to the German Ski Association (DSV), around 4.2 million Germans regularly get on the boards.

Last season, around 37,000 winter sports enthusiasts were so seriously injured that they needed medical treatment - roughly every hundredth.

As can be seen from the annual analysis of the Evaluation Center for Skiing Accidents (ASU) of the Arag Insurance in cooperation with the Safety in Skiing Foundation, the number of injured German skiers has decreased by 63 percent in the past 40 years, i.e. significantly more than halved .

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