After reading a thread about puncture injury by ski pole. I naturally start wondering if ski clothes manufacturer test their garment for laceration and puncture resistance. Laceration resistant material that allow unrestricted movement exist but I have never heard of it being used in ski clothes or racing suits. Would you like this feature in your ski clothes?
As reported in the thread and sites below, it seems that injury caused by ski edges and sharp objects happen.
Aksel Svindal lacerations to groin and abdomen terminate his 2007-2008 season.
At least one fatality occurred because of a cut on femoral artery by ski edges.
I remember seeing a boot fitter from Tahoe telling his grave quadriceps laceration injury while falling on his ski edges. The photos were very graphic.
I had a client that cut his kneecap on his ski that requires stitches. I for myself, cut my spring ski pants and long underwear completely from hem to butt on my right leg when I was 20. It could have been much worse but left me with only a scratch on my right hamstring to my butt. Awkward, scary and funny at the same time.
So those cut happen but the frequency is hard to assess and to further complicate the issue the reporting is hard to access and are probably under reported. See this site for more detail: http://www.calskisafety.org/national-ski-statistics.html
Is there some possible solutions available?
I don't know if any sport wear can prevent puncture injuries but there is a company that makes hockey socks that seems to protect from laceration from hockey blades. It would be easy enough to incorporate this material into ski wear and racing suits to prevent laceration of at least most critical area like thorax and femoral artery.
Some other material exist as well. Another company make laceration proof and puncture proof material for glove mainly:
Does anybody knows more about this?
Your comments would be appreciated.