I ran across a study of the common Myths Concerning Alpine Skiing Injuries.
Sports Health. 2009 Nov;1(6):486-92.
Myths concerning alpine skiing injuries.
Johnson RJ, Ettlinger CF, Shealy JE.
University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont.
There are many commonly discussed myths about ski safety that are propagated by industry, physicians, and skiers. Through a review of the literature concerning 12 such topics, this article demonstrates that the following are untrue:
(1) Broken legs have been traded for blown-out knees.
(2) If you know your DIN (a slang term for release indicator value), you can adjust your own bindings.
(3) Toe and heel piece settings must be the same to function properly.
(4) Formal ski instruction will make you safer.
(5) Very short skis do not need release bindings.
(6) Spending a lot of money on children’s equipment is not worth the cost.
(7) Children need plenty of room in ski boots for their growing feet.
(8) If you think you are going to fall, just relax.
(9) Exercise can prevent skiing injuries.
(10) Lower release settings can reduce the risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury.
(11) Buying new ski equipment is safer than renting.
(12) Skiing is among the most dangerous of activities.
It is important for the skiing public, physicians, and all those interested in improving skiing safety to verify the measures they advocate. The statements analyzed here are simply untrue and have the potential to cause harm if taken as fact by those exposed to these unsupported opinions.
The full article is available here:
I thought it was an interesting read.