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Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted (Albert Einstein 1879-1955).
Alpine ski racing is an Olympic winter sport where athletes ski one by one down the mountain on a demanding course, often in challenging snow and weather conditions. The Athletes must ski as efficiently as possible, as performance is determined by the racing time measured to 0.01 s, but at the same time they have to adapt speed and trajectory to their technical skills and manage risk responsibly. In this issue, Gilgien et al1 quantify and describe the mechanical characteristics (such as skier speed, turn radius, air drag force, ground reaction force, jump distance and airtime) of World Cup alpine skiing under real race conditions, and interestingly they link these data to the risk of injury. With their biomechanical approach, they add new and valuable information to the field of injury prevention …
Contributors TB and RB planned the paper. TB wrote the first draft of the paper, and RB contributed to the final manuscript. TB and RB are guarantors.
Competing interests None.
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