December 11, 2011 by  
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Skiing fitness tips

October 16, 2011 by  
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It’s skiing season – helmets on, please

February 15, 2011 by  
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It is that time of the year gain. All over Switzerland as well as in other parts of Europe, families are heading to the mountains. It is the annual 2-week winter sports holidays school break. Of course the skiing season started long before – late November/early December. But for sure, in the next 2 weeks, the slopes will be crowded with young skiers and snowboarders and sledgers. And for sure, the number of accidents will spike up.

The question comes up every year and no definite answer in sight. Should helmets be mandatory on the snow slopes? I mean, in most countries, motorcycle helmets are mandatory for everyone and bicycle helmets for kids. So why not when skiing or snowboarding?

The well-publicized 2009 fatal accident of actress Natasha Richardson added fuel to the debate in US. In Europe, a fatal accident involving a young mother and a German politician in the same year also attracted a lot of publicity. Some statistics to ponder on:

Almost 1.5 million Americans suffer from brain trauma each year. 50,000 of these cases are fatal. Studies have shown that on the slopes the following account for head injuries (from BBC):

  • 74% – skiers hit their head on the snow
  • 10% – collision with other skiers
  • 13% – collision with fixed objects such as a tree

Can helmets lower the mortality figures?

Here are what the scientists have to say (source: BBC):

In a more report in the British Medical journal:

Ski helmets reduce head injuries by 35% in adults and 59% in children under 13.

According to an Austrian study:

Between 9 and 19% of all skiing injuries reported by Austrian ski patrols and emergency departments are head injuries – and severe head injuries, including traumatic brain injury, are a leading cause of death in winter sports.

Yet another study found that:

Adults and children, of all ages, wearing a helmet while skiing were significantly less likely than those without a helmet to have a head injury.

A lot of people are actually wearing helmets voluntarily. According to the US National Ski Areas Association, 43% of skiers and snowboarders wear helmets. Helmet use is actually popular among well-skilled skiers and obligatory in Austria for skiers under 16.

So what do you think? Should helmets be obligatory?

A heart story in the winter Olympics 2010

February 24, 2010 by  

For athletes, the ultimate dream is to compete in the Olympics. These people have to give up a lot and suffer through injuries in order to have a chance for glory.

Just a year ago, the Crawford sisters never thought they will make it to the Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010.

26-year old Chandra Crawford was an Olympic gold medallist. She won a gold medal in cross-country skiing 4 years ago in the Olympic games in the Turin 2006 games. However, she had ankle problems last year that almost cost her her spot in the Canadian Olympic team.

However, it was Chandra’s younger sister who had more problems. 21-year old Rosanna who is a biathlete, was diagnosed with atrial tachycardia, a heart condition that causes the heart to beat too fast. In Rosanna’s case, her heart would sometimes race more than twice faster than normal. “I had no energy. I couldn’t ski fast. All my limbs hurt,” said Rosanna.

Thus last year, Rosanna had to undergo an intervention to repair heart condition.

“They go into a vein in your thigh, up to your heart, and they find where you have bad nerves. I had a nerve that would just go in little loop and make my heart race. They had to cauterize the nerve, so they just burned it.”

However, Rosanna didn’t give up on her dream of competing next to her big sister in the next Olympics. Six weeks after her heart intervention, she started training and then competing in biathlon in order to secure a place in the Canadian team. During the final qualifying race, her big sister Chandra was there to cheer her on, running alongside the race course and shouting words of encouragement to her little sister.

“She helped me ski as fast as I could. She was yelling and cheering. She kept telling me to put my head down, grit and my teeth and move as fast as I could.”

The sisters are now together as part of the Canadian Olympics team in Whistler.

This is definitely an Olympic heart story, an inspiring story about determination to overcome odds and sisterly love.

About atrial tachycardia

According to Medline Plus encyclopedia

The human heart gives off electrical impulses, or signals, which tell it to beat. Normally, these signals begin in an area of the upper right chamber called the sinoatrial node (sinus node or SA node). This node is considered the heart’s “natural pacemaker.” It helps control the heartbeat. When the heart detects a signal, it contracts (or beats). The normal heart rate in adults is about 60 to 100 beats per minute. The normal heart rate is faster in children.

In multifocal atrial tachycardia (MAT), multiple locations within the heart fire signals at the same time. Too many signals lead to a rapid heart rate — anywhere from 100 to 250 beats per minute. The rapid heart rate causes the heart to work too hard. If the heartbeat is very fast, the heart has less time to fill up with blood, so it doesn’t have the right amount of blood to pump to the brain and the rest of the body.

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