Patients with injuries related to snow sports commonly present to GPs on their return from the mountains. We discuss the common injuries sustained by skiers and snowboarders, their treatment, when to refer and simple measures to help prevent these injuries.
Skiing and snowboarding are popular recreational activities in Australia and New Zealand. However, these sports carry a significant risk of injury. In the US in 2014, there were 114,000 skiing injuries and 79,000 snowboarding injuries, with an average of 2.5 skier injuries per 1000 skier days.1,2 Over winter, there is often an increase in patients presenting to GPs with injuries related to snow sports.