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Dangers of slalom

vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 621 Crazy Baller
The more I talk to other course skiers, the more I hear about all the injuries they have endured skiing. I've heard multiple times how this is a sport that can be done into later years. Then I hear about all the backs, shoulders, ankles, knees, legs, etc that are seriously injured. I'm wondering if the risk is actually higher than we like to talk about. It makes sense, strapping a beam to our feet, holding on to a rope that pulls us fast and with power, and accelerating/decelerating over and over while changing direction. I'm wondering what the reality is. Is the risk of significant injuries actually real high?


  • AndreAndre Posts: 1,228 Mega Baller
    I would say the risk increase when you're pushing your limits,going for an extra bouy or trying to run a new loop.
    If you ski within your limits and don't mind not progressing much,then it's not that dangerous of a sport.
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 621 Crazy Baller
    @oldjeep sure I could get hurt walking to the kitchen. It's about how high the chance and consequence are. I have a low chance of tripping on my way to the kitchen and if I do I have a low chance of doing serious damage.

    I'm not saying I'm not going to ski. It's too damn fun to stop.
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    All fun things carry a risk, can't live in a bubble
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  • MDB1056MDB1056 Posts: 290 Baller
    At 62 still skiing 6-7 days a week this time of year. As said above, being in the house causes more injuries each year. Agree with @Andre - know when not to go for it. At my age if I’m likely to lose it I toss the handle. Goal is always - ski again tomorrow . So blessed to never had any injuries. - but no way going to give this up.
  • 94009400 Posts: 610 Crazy Baller
    To me the benefits trump the dangers. When I look at others my age that aren’t active in some physically demanding sport, many appear to be overweight and heading to an early exit. Some of them half my age. Figure out how to clean up deficiencies and it gets a lot safer.
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 621 Crazy Baller
    Like I said, I'm not about to stop skiing. Learning when to let go is a really important skill. Also, I firmly believe that taking lessons early on is a big help.
  • ScottScottScottScott Posts: 851 Crazy Baller
    Proper training helps. Good form will minimize the wipeouts.

    Injuries do happen. Serious injuries do make the news, but are rare.
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,476 Mega Baller
    edited August 3
    Make a list of highly dynamic sports that have high participation from people in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond. It's short. I'm having trouble coming up with another one.

    I think this implies that, at least within its category, it is unusually safe.
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  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,515 Crazy Baller
    edited August 3
    Far better to wear out than to rust out.
    Attend a Nationals tournament and look at these guys in their 60s and beyond. 90 plus percent of them are in great physical shape. And, I bet many have had an injury, or 4 or 5.
    Like snow skiing, the more you learn to ski with technique, versus power and strength, the lower your risk of injury.
    And, always check your equipment. There is a whole other thread on that.
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,429 Mega Baller
    @Than_Bogan downhill ski racing is the same type of croud. Lots of folks in 40s to 70s
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  • ESPNSkierESPNSkier Posts: 144 Baller
    I’m an older skier and have had many injuries over the years....most from trying to ski beyond my personal limits. In my day job I’m Safety Director for ESPN which includes the X Games (we’re halfway through X Games Minneapolis now) and I believe that everything we do here has a higher level of risk than slalom skiing. BTW: First ever X Games gold medal was awarded for barefoot jumping!
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  • JmoskiJmoski Posts: 295 Baller
    I have participated in many more dangerous activities over the years - rock & ice climbing, mountaineering, white water canoeing & rafting, paragliding, etc. never a single issue, why? Because I know my limits and am careful about when I push it.

    Worst injury I ever had across all sports - blown Achilles from running the bases hard playing fast pitch softball - yes, softball. go figure...
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,866 Administrator
    edited August 3
    Assuming that you do your sport with vigor - water skiing is safer than...

    Snow skiing
    Snow boarding
    Anything downhill on snow
    Mountain biking
    Road biking
    Motorcycle anything

    The list goes on

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  • MNshortlinerMNshortliner Posts: 122 Baller
    Don’t break at the waste. And throw that handle when needed.
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 621 Crazy Baller
    This is interesting. Do you think there is a greater risk to someone new to the sport? I am guessing so due to poor form and not letting go of the handle.

    Not sure I agree that road biking is more dangerous but do agree on the other sports. Road biking is mostly dangerous if you ride on roads that shouldn't be ridden. I know people who have gotten hit but it's uncommon considering the number of people who ride every day. Much like skiing, bike control and maintenance are important too.
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 621 Crazy Baller
    And that's a cool job @ESPNSkier
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  • PacManPacMan Posts: 65 Baller
    I think at the intermediate level is the most dangerous point. When your getting faster and faster but don't necessarily have access to the training that will put you on a good and "safe" position on the ski. Also you want so much to progress you probably don't give up on a bouy when you should.

    Considering I skied with a 80+ man a year ago (28 mph @ 22 off through the course) I would say that this is a reasonably safe sport that people can continue to participate in for a long time as long as their willing to do what it takes.

    I plan on skiing when I'm 80+!
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  • RednucleusRednucleus Posts: 276 Solid Baller
    @Ed_Johnson I want to hit the awesome button 99 more times! At 61 yr I am thrilled to ski 2-3 times a week and continue to improve and hope to ski in to my 80's. Old Guys Rule young man!!
  • AndreAndre Posts: 1,228 Mega Baller
    Happy birthday @Ed_Johnson !!!
    Lots of crazy things that you did!
  • MDB1056MDB1056 Posts: 290 Baller
    +1 for @Ed_Johnson . 100 is the goal 38 to go............
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 621 Crazy Baller
    I don't disagree with these comments. Conversation went in the direction I was hoping for. Now I want to get on the water, hopefully tomorrow.
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