The design of the research and data collection program underlying the FIS Injury Surveillance System (ISS) has been established by the ISS Steering Group consisting of FIS Medical Committee members Bengt Saltin (chairman), Hans Spring and Eero Hyvärinen, and Roald Bahr and Stig Heir as the representatives of the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center (OSTRC
). As announced, the program will commence with the beginning of the 2006/2007 competition season. Building on the existing FIS injury reporting system, detailed data will eventually be collected on all injuries that occur during official training or competition in a FIS-sanctioned competition in all disciplines and also require attention by medical personnel
. The injury reports will be augmented by interviews with athletes and coaches in select World Cup teams and records maintained by team medical personnel.
The ultimate objective of the FIS Injury Surveillance System is to reduce injury rates through changes in rules and regulations, equipment or coaching techniques enabled by a more detailed understanding of injury mechanisms
. Research for the FIS ISS is led by the OSTRC, and the project is supported by dj Orthopedics
, a global medical device company specializing in rehabilitation and regeneration products for the non-operative orthopedic and spine markets.