|Originally posted by AltaSkier:
Skiing is a dangerious sport. Ever wonder what the statistics are from beginner to expert skiers? My guess is that new skiers are more likely to get injured, but experts are more likely to get injured worse, but less often. Does anybody keep stats on that?
i've known several patrolers who have broken femurs and countless others who have blown out acls and lcls. as a patroller what i saw in beginners was more hand/arm/shoulder injuries and most of those were just strains.
interestingly enough, in 30 years of jumping horses (hurling 5 ft in the air over 5 ft spreads on the back of a 1500lb animal w/a brain the size of a pea) i have never sustained an injury (except for a bite or two ). when my trainer heard of my skiing mishap her comment was "but she's never fallen off the horse and it rates more injuries/fatalities than skiing statistically"....perhaps there are less ppl riding but i wouldn't be so sure of that.
it's a bit of skill and luck of the draw. too many factors to consider. a girlfriend of mine tore her acl playing volletball. she jumped up to spike the ball and "pop!" when she came down she had no knee support.
what are you going to do? i still think getting on the freeway each day is more dangerous than anything. most of my collegues are shocked when i tell them i expect to be skiing again in 6 months. i guess they expected me to give it up. some have even commented that it's irresponsible for someone my age (37). whatever - they can sit around and rot if they want but i have no intention of joining them.