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Safety of Ski Racing at focus in Canada
Alpine Canada Alpin hosted a two-day Safety Summit this week with the aim of reducing injuries in the sport of ski racing. The summit, held at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, will bring together leading doctors, equipment specialists, athletes, coaches and other members of the ski community.
"We want to significantly reduce the amount of serious injuries in our sport," said Max Gartner, president of Alpine Canada Alpin. "We want to keep it exciting but at the same time, make it as safe as possible."
The summit, the first of its kind held in Canada, will focus primarily on Canadian national programs. In addition to looking at domestic programs, the summit will also explore how safety initiatives can be pursued in conjunction with the International Ski Federation (FIS). The FIS Injury Surveillance System (FIS ISS) is represented on site by Dr Erich Müller from the University of Salzburg.
"Our goal is to develop domestic recommendations we can implement immediately," said Gartner. "We will also develop a strategy for working with FIS to reduce injuries at the World Cup level."
Manuel Osborne-Paradis, who suffered a torn knee and broken leg in January, is one of several Canadian athletes who will attend the summit. His teammate Kelly VanderBeek is one of the guest speakers and will lead a discussion on safety initiatives at the World Cup level.
"There's a lot of talk about the use of air bags and other safety initiatives but some of these things will take time. From an athlete's point of view, that's not good enough," said VanderBeek, who has been part of the national team since 2000 and is currently recovering from a serious knee injury. "There are things we can do today to make the sport safer."
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