Course setting and skier mechanics in competitive alpine skiing.



Place: Norges Idrettshøgskole

Formal title

The influence of course setting in competitive alpine skiing on skier mechanical characteristics.


 The projects aim is to enrich the understanding of how course setting manipulation affects skier kinematic and kinetic characteristics and their significance for injury prevention.


The course setting and skier mechanics investigation is part of a FIS injury prevention project held by the Department of Sport Science and Kinesiology/USI, University Salzburg, Austria. In collaboration with the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale (EPFL), Switzerland and the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Switzerland the reasons for injuries in competitive alpine skiing to occur are elaborated from a biomechanical perspective. The Department of Physical Performance at NSSS is contributing to this multicentre project with the module course setting manipulation and its influence on skier mechanics. The skier kinetic and kinematic properties are captured both in World Cup race situations and experimental setups by means of GNSS- and inertial technology.