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Master Thesis

Incidence de risque de blessure lors de la pratique des sports d'hiver dans les snowparks

Abstract : The aim of this study was to determine the risk of injury associated with the snowparks. Our study involved 3 resorts: Flaine the Deux Alpes and the Sept Laux. We manually counted the number of visitors in the snowparks and found that the risk of injury was not related to the number of ski lift users. The prospective study of a users control group (114 people) revealed an average of 10 crossings per skier in the snowpark. The population was male dominant (78 to 84% depending upon the resort). Skiers represented 36 to 53% of the users. Knowledge of the safety rules is important. Wearing of helmets could be improved (around 60% uptake depending upon the resort). The under 20 year olds have the highest technical level (70% using the red and black modules p<0.01), they use protections and have a good knowledge of the safety rules. Assisted by the results obtained from the Medecins de Montagne epidemiological network, (with the methodology validated by the National Institute of Veille Sanitaire), we evaluated the risk of injury in snowparks at 4,58 for 1000 skier days, with a relative risk of 1.65. The types of injury were usually fractures and bruising mainly on the upper body, head and spinal column. The risk of injury can be reduced through education, reinforcing the responsibility shared by each user, educational courses for Shapers, and factual analyses of accidents, thus enabling to lead this new sport which is becoming more and more popular.
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Benoit Feuillie. Incidence de risque de blessure lors de la pratique des sports d'hiver dans les snowparks. Médecine humaine et pathologie. 2011. ⟨dumas-00644619⟩



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