post #1 of 1
Thread Starter 
As of this season, FIS is launching an Injury Surveillance System (ISS) for all FIS disciplines. The research for the FIS ISS is led by the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center (OSTRC) and supported by research partner DJO Incorporated, a global medical device company specializing in rehabilitation and regeneration products including the DonJoy brand's products. Roald Bahr, MD PhD and Chair of the OSTRC, is overseeing the research project, in close coordination with the FIS ISS Steering Committee and FIS Medical Committee.
"I am delighted to see FIS as the governing body for the sport of skiing to take the problem of injuries in its sports seriously. By focusing on systematically collecting data on all injuries across the disciplines, FIS will be able to develop the means to prevent injuries effectively in the near future," Professor Bahr commented.
Excited to launch the project at the start of the season, Professor Bahr happily answered some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the FIS ISS. For more information, download the project brochure here or email the project team at
Q: What is the main objective of the FIS ISS?
A: The project is aimed at reducing the number of injuries suffered by elite athletes in the FIS disciplines. As long as we do not fully understand why injuries happen and what the risk factors are, we cannot suggest effective preventive measures. By gathering reliable data in a concerted, systematic manner, we can begin to see injury patterns and decipher trends in injury risk across FIS disciplines. We will also be able to provide background data for in-depth studies on the causes of injury for particular injury types in specific disciplines, for example knee injuries in alpine skiing and head injuries in snowboarding.
Q. Which races and disciplines does the FIS ISS apply to?
A. The FIS ISS covers all FIS disciplines that are on the program of the Olympic Winter Games, from Cross-Country Skiing to Snowboarding. It also covers all FIS races, from the World Cups to Continental Cups and beyond. For the best results, we need as complete data as possible from all competitions, but especially from the World Cup events.
Q. What is different about the FIS ISS compared to the existing injury reporting system?
A. The biggest difference is the updated Injury Report. The new form was designed to make injury reporting simpler and less time-consuming (less writing, more check boxes!) but also more structured and more easily comparable. Unlike in the past, we will also be validating the data by interviewing the teams and their medical staff to check on the number of injuries during and after the season.

Q. What has remained the same in comparison to past seasons?
A. The definition of an injury has not changed. As before, we need an Injury Report on all injuries that occur during competition or official training and require attention by medical personnel. This means that if an injured athlete is seen or attended to by the race doctor, ski patrol or his own team’s medical staff, we would like the injury to be recorded. Also, the Technical Delegate will still, as always, carry the main responsibility for supervising the collection of Injury Reports and sending them to the FIS Office.
Q. What if some data is missing from the Injury Report – should it still be submitted?
A. Yes, for the FIS ISS project, it is critical to get a complete picture of all injuries that happen each season. Please report the injury even if some details may be missing. There is the option of ticking the box for “I don’t know” regarding specific injury details on the new form. The project team will work to fill out the missing details.
Q. Is any other information required beyond the Injury Report?
A. To determine how injuries actually happened, and thereby to better understand how they could be prevented, audiovisual evidence will be extremely helpful. This includes TV coverage but also videos taken by coaches and other team members. The ISS project team will obtain the material as long as they have the contact information for those who have it.
Q. When can we expect to see some results from the FIS ISS?
A. Injury reporting is not new and this type of a data collection project is by default a long-time undertaking. FIS as the governing body for the sport of skiing has a responsibility to understand and document the risk in its sports given the developments in equipment and techniques. From the FIS ISS, we can expect the first results to be available in a year’s time when we have data describing the risk of injury in the various disciplines such as what types of injuries, how serious were they and how often did they happen. In two year’s time, when we’ll have a season-to-season comparison, we can start to see some trends and can then raise the first red flags for injury prevention.