The winter sports of skiing and snowboarding offer terrific opportunities to enjoy mountains and wonderful opportunities for exercise. However, there are unique injuries for which bystander care is critical. And, due to the more remote locations, professional first responders can experience great delays in getting to victims.
Injury patterns of skiing and snowboarding differ significantly. Half of snowboarders have injuries versus 18% for skiers. The orthopedic injury types vary, however the head and neck injuries and the life saving principles of the Med Tac program apply. Our Ski and Snowboarding Program is being developed with instructors, ski patrols, and physicians who are experienced mountain-based emergency specialists.