The Incidence of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries Among Competitive Alpine Skiers

Nicolas Pujol, Marie Philippe Rousseaux Blanchi and Pierre Chambat

The purpose of this study was to evaluate epidemiologic aspects of anterior cruciate ligament injuries among competitive alpine skiers during the last 25 years.  Data were collected from elite French national teams (379 athletes: 188 women and 191 men) from 1980 to 2005.  The results describe the incidence and prevelance of injury rates amongst males and females.  The authors conclude that anterior cruciate ligament injury rates (primary injury, bilateral injury, reinjury) among national competitive alpine skiers are high and have not declined in the last 25 years. Finding a way to prevent anterior cruciate ligament injury in this population is a very important goal.

The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2007, 35, 1070-1074.

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