In your experience, can injuries heal completely?
What measures do you take to avoid being injured?
Do most racers sustain injury? Do they return to their former level>
Injured more things than I care to remember, most of them long ago thank goodness.
An ankle in the gates. Shoulders once off a kicker, twice in the bumps, once in the trees. Wrist learning helicopters (the extra weight really made throwing them easier), a plaster cast was good for 7 days skiing. Back hit hard from above, and a cliff. Head many ways many times (run away straps bad). Bent a knee sideways skiing with the Dyastar pro racing team long ago messed it ALL up, never fully healed from that one. Ribs a rack or two (most embarrassing on a cat track). There were others but the head injuries make it hard to remember.
Way more injuries from pre release than non release. If you race hard someday you will be injured. Your injuries are milder and heal faster if you are in good condition. Did not take a year to heal normally, some just weeks. You heal slower as you get older.
My orthopod became a good Friend and hunting buddy. Tough way to meet people.
Nothing really. It was a fine spring day. I went flying over a section I'd been over twice before that day. Only, this time a root/rock or something I don't know what snagged my right ski (spring conditions). All I remember was feeling something, cursing, and it was at a point that I needed to be heading right as that was the direction the trail went. But, I couldn't recover and went off the trail, slammed into the tree, ricocheted off it, then went sailing over a pile of logs. Next thing I know I was being put on a back board. Whatever happened, the binding toe piece was torn right out of the ski diagonally, either as part of the fall or during the ensuing slamming around, I don't know. Helmet was cracked. I keep it around over my tuning bench, complete with the dried blood to remind me not to be an ass when it comes to speed. Because no matter what the trail is rated, no matter how many years you've been skiing, no matter how many days you've been out this year, it could happen to you.