International Society for Snowsports Medicine
Société Internationale de Traumatologie et Médicine des Sports d’Hiver / Società Internazionale di Traumatologia e Medicina degli Sport Invernali / Internationale Gesellschaft fur Ski-Traumatologie Und Wintersportmedizin
It is the oldest European Scientific Society that is concerned with the study of winter sports pathologies, their treatment and prevention.
The history of SITEMSH started in the 50's, when a group of experts from Alpine Countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland) began to observe, collect and study the injuries occurring after winter sport accidents. They decided to meet every two years on behalf of a new Society named SITEMSH (Société Internationale de Médecine des Sports d’Hiver).
Sport & Congress Centre, Arosa - SWITZERLAND
13th-15th March 2018
Invitation to the SITEMSH-Congress
It is rumoured, that the Swiss are born with skis.
This would probably apply for all alpine countries in the central Europe.
For these, Germany, Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland decided at the beginning of the fifties to have regular meeting to discuss skiing and its injuries. The aim was to discuss ways to improve skier’s safety and to compare the different results of the treatment options on rehabilitation after skiing injuries.
These were simple meetings of interested surgeons and practitioners. Each presented his results and ideas in his native language, and some faculty just translated the message ad hoc. Thus, the Société Internationale de Traumatologie du Ski et de Médecine des Sports d’Hiver, SITEMSH, was founded. The meetings continued, more countries participated and today it is an international society with 18 national secretaries, a scientific committee and some observers. Today wintersports are not just skiing and due to the broad spectrum of wintersports today, SITEMSH became the International Society for Snowsport Medicine.
Our next meeting will take place – after the last meeting in Switzerland in Zermatt 20 years ago – in the attractive and well-known Arosa. Take the spectacular train or drive along the 365 bendings to get an update on snowsport activities, injuries and their prophylaxis. Meet people and speakers from snowsport countries from all over the world to get latest informations and scientific findings on snowsports. And don’t forget at this occasion to indulge yourself in a spectacular alpine region in the middle of Switzerland. Welcome!
PD Dr. med. Dominik Heim, congress president 2018 and his team, national delegate for ESTES
There is enough mechanical and biomechanical evidence to assert that it is possible to reduce knee injuries in alpine skiing, especially those involving the ACL, with appropriately designed, manufactured and adjusted ski bindings.
The presentations and demonstrations at SITEMSH and ISSS meetings, especially at SITEMSH since November of 2014, show ample support for this assertion.