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Best Practices in Prevention of Skiing Accidents in Europe: The New Challenge

Project summary

Ski rescue

Despite the increasing relevance of the phenomenon of skiing and snowboarding accidents there is a general lack of coordination regarding prevention measures within and between the European countries.

Moreover, the availability of micro data which allows for a comparison of both injury data and data regarding prevention measures between countries is unsatisfactory. It has therefore been difficult to establish best prevention practices and consequently promote their harmonization across European Countries to date.

Primary aim

The primary aim of BePraSA is to fill in the information gaps pertaining to injury and prevention measures, through the collection and analysis of data at selected European ski spots (2-3 spots will be selected for each beneficiary country), in order to provide the European Community with a reliable manual of best prevention practices for dissemination throughout Europe.

Final aim

The final aim of the project is to decrease the number, the morbidity and the mortality of skiing and snowboarding accidents and, as a consequence, to reduce the social and economic costs related to this type of injuries. Thus, the overall objective of the project is to provide the Community with recommendations on how to improve and harmonize prevention measure.

Main activities
Ski rescue
  1. Establishing a network of European experts and associations on skiing injuries and prevention measures;
  2. Promoting understanding of specific surveillance systems on skiing injuries;
  3. Carrying out comparative analyses of available data (e.g. Injury Data Base) on skiing and mountain injuries at the European and international level and identifying gaps and problems with the already existing data at the European level;
  4. Promoting the simultaneous collection of skiing/snowboarding injury data and of data regarding prevention measures at 2-3 spots (for each beneficiary country) relevant at the national level, in a way which makes it possible to address risk taking (incidence rates) and to classify risk areas;
  5. Performing comparative analyses of the collected data in order to establish best practices of prevention of skiing and snowboarding injuries.