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Ski Touring Study

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Hi everybody,

 

We are Taina Müller and Lukas Ernstbrunner, two medical students from Austria. We are planning to conduct a sport-epidemiological study about “Injuries in Ski Touring”.

 

At the moment, we are trying to encourage as many passionate Ski Tourers as possible to participate in our study. In the following, we show what the planned study is about and what the time schedule for participants look like.

 

Little is known about the incidence of injury rates and causes in Ski Touring.11 Nonetheless information about injury rates, patterns and causes are crucial for implementation of injury prevention strategies. In cooperation of the Paracelsus Medical University with the Department of Sport Science of the University of Innsbruck, we aim to gather basic information in Ski Touring to provide starting points to render this growing winter sport more save.

 

The study will be conducted during one Ski Touring season ranging from October 2015 to April 2016. It is planned to include a minimum of one-hundred participants, recruited through the Austrian Skiing Association, Austrian Alpine Club, Bavarian Alpine Club, Ski Touring-related homepages, social media and personal contacts.

 

What do I have to do as a participant?

Prior to study, informed consent will be obtained from all participants. General information including age, gender, nationality, preferred Ski Touring territory, years of Ski Touring experience, ski touring-related previous injuries etc. will be gathered. In order to complete the general questionnaire around 10 minutes work are calculated.

 

Throughout the season, all participants will have to complete a monthly internet-based questionnaire aiming to gather the following information: number of Ski Touring tours performed, Ski Touring locations, snow and weather conditions, safety equipment etc.

In case of injury, additional questions regarding the conditions and circumstances, the affected body part, etc. will be asked, which take monthly another 10 minutes to be answered. If the participant performed no skiing tour in the queried month, the questionnaire is completed in no time.

 

We need YOUR help!

By participating and supporting our research you will actively and personally contribute to the improvement of safety in Ski Touring.

 

If you have further questions, please contact us via private message.

 

Kind regards and thanks,

Taina Müller and Lukas Ernstbrunner

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mod note: this survey/study has been approved.

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What does it pay? 

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In 1983 I was killed in an avalanche while ski touring. Am I eligible for the study?
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Well there's this: 

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In 1983 I was killed in an avalanche while ski touring. Am I eligible for the study?


And here I thought I was the only one without enough sense to move on after being killed in an accident.

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Well there's this: 

I remember this. Like the day. I was living in Alta that winter. We heard that they were going to fly meanwhile the weather was getting more and more worse. If I remember correctly it seemed nuts, the wind and snow was falling sideways for a while. 

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Fatigue + human error 

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Thread Starter 

Im very sorry, but we can't offer a payment for participants. As you only have to answer a questionnaire per month, it doesn't require much time :) But we can hand out a script with our results to you afterwards :D 
If you want to join: skitourstudy@gmail.com 

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I remember this. Like the day. I was living in Alta that winter. We heard that they were going to fly meanwhile the weather was getting more and more worse. If I remember correctly it seemed nuts, the wind and snow was falling sideways for a while. 

The rumor at the U was that someone told the pilot the patient was dying. You're not supposed to do that. He was a combat vet, Viet Nam, saw a break in the storm, and took the chance.

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The rumor at the U was that someone told the pilot the patient was dying. You're not supposed to do that. He was a combat vet, Viet Nam, saw a break in the storm, and took the chance.

Crazy and sad. Weren't there two skiers but only one injured? I can't remember if it was a slide or just an accident. I think I recall a femur injury? It's likely he would have died spending the night out there. 

 

Edit: I read the whole article just now. That sucks because the skier in the accident probably shouldn't have been out there skiing that terrain that day, I do remember thinking that now. The snowpack was tricky that year and that was a really rapid change that afternoon. I wonder if the paramedic or nurse thought it was ok to go or if they had their doubts if they voiced them? 

 

That was a funky season for sure. During one interlodge I snuck up to the Sitzmark and watched the heli drop bombs across the road. The slides were massive! One smashed right into the Peruvian rental shop and a few rooms. I lived up in Kitchen Heights in a room that had been named after a car, I can't remember the name exactly but the story was about a car had been tossed in a slide and it blew through the wall killing a lodge employee. To be honest, Alta creeps me out a little. I don't want to sound too weird but I always felt like there were spirits there or something, I can't explain it but I get strange vibes there. 


Edited by raisingarizona - 9/14/15 at 8:10pm
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