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D Benoit
10-28-2002, 04:37 AM
Dear Colleagues,

I have recently been asked to write a review describing alpine ski boot
biomechanics for a non peer-reviewed journal. The readership of the journal
is primarily coaches, athletes and associated sports and sports-medicine

My experience in ski-boot research has been at a relatively fundamental
level and related to knee injuries [1]. My primary sources of information
have thus far been from the series of books published for the Skiing Trauma
and Safety International Symposiums (of which I have obtained all issues),
IOC publications and a few papers as cited at the end of this message.

My question is whether other people in the biomechanics community are aware
of research that relates skiing performance with ski boot characteristics.
There are many claims by the various manufacturers of 'energy transfer',
'torsion control', 'impulse response' and 'power transfer' systems, however
I have not come across any literature that has measured these factors. While
I know that these companies do a great deal of research, I am hoping that
some has filtered to the public domain that I could be pointed towards.

Any help will be greatly appreciated and a summary of responses will be

Daniel Benoit
Karolinska Hospital (E1-7tr)
Section of Sports Medicine
S-171 76 Stockholm


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during the backward fall in skiing. In: Conference Proceedings of the
XVIIIth International Society of Biomechanics Conference Zurich,
Switzerland. 2001.

[2] Natri A, Beynnon BD, Ettlinger CF, Johnson RJ, et al. Alpine ski
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Backwards Falls in Skiing. (In: Johnson RJ, Mote CD, Jr., eds. Skiing Trauma
and Safety: Tenth International Symposium.) Philadelphia: American Society
for Testing and Materials, 1993; 254-69.
[6] McConkey JP. Mechanisms of knee ligament injuries in alpine skiing.
Canadian Journal of Sports Science 12, 163-169. 1987.
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