Knee injuries in skiing. A prospective study from northern Sweden

Am J Sports Med. Nov-Dec 1980;8(6):411-4. doi: 10.1177/036354658000800605.


This paper evaluates 420 ski injuries occurring in Northern Sweden in 1977. Our main aim was to correlate knee injuries with types of skiing and to note a change in incidence with evolution of equipment. Fifty-eight lesions (13.8%) affected the knee joint which is about the same frequency as 10 years earlier nor has introduction of high stiff boots in downhill skiing increased incidence of knee injuries. Cross-country and long-distance skiing produced more knee injuries (24.7%) than downhill skiing (11.4%). Cross-country skiers were older and more women in this group sustained knee injuries. The use of non-release type bindings is probably the main reason for this higher incidence but age and different skiing techniques seem to contribute.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Fractures, Bone / diagnosis
  • Fractures, Bone / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / diagnosis
  • Knee Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Ligaments, Articular / injuries
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Skiing*
  • Sports Medicine / instrumentation
  • Sweden