International Society for Snowports Medicine

SITEMSH and SCME Congress postponed

The 37th Congress of the International Society for Snowsports Medicine (SITEMSH) and the 9th Congress of the Catalan Society for Sports Medicine (SCME) have been postponed, in conformity with the recommendations of the Andorran Ministry of Health and following the healthcare instructions of the international Medical Associations that forbid medical professionals from participating in congresses and demonstrations.

SITEMSH and SCME Congress postponed

The 37th Congress of the International Society for Snowsports Medicine (SITEMSH) and the 9th Congress of the Catalan Society for Sports Medicine (SCME) have been postponed, in conformity with the recommendations of the Andorran Ministry of Health and following the healthcare instructions of the international Medical Associations that forbid medical professionals from participating in congresses and demonstrations.

The Congress of the SITEMSH and of the SCME was going to be held from April 1 to April 4 in Andorra and has been postponed due to the threat of coronavirus, in order to prevent the expansion of the virus, even though its impact on Andorra has been very low.

The new dates for the Congress, which is previewed to be held in autumn, will be published shortly.

The organizers will continue working in order to ensure that the convening of the congress on the new dates meets the expectations of all the exhibitors, speakers and participants.


Congrés SITEMSH i SCME posposats

El Congrés de la SITEMSH i de la Societat Catalana de Medicina de l’Esport (SCME), han estat posposats, d’acord amb les recomanacions del Ministeri de Salut andorrà i seguint les instruccions sanitàries dels Col·legis de Metges internacionals que prohibeixen la participació dels professionals mèdics en congressos i manifestacions.

El Congrés de la SITEMSH i de la SCME s’havien de celebrar de l’1 al 4 d’abril a Andorra i s’ha posposat a causa de la crisi del COVID-19, amb la voluntat de prevenir l’expansió del virus i minimitzar l’exposició dels professionals de la salut malgrat que, hores d’ara, a Andorra només s’ha confirmat un cas, d’un viatger procedent d’una zona afectada.

Les noves dates del congrés es comunicaran properament.

Des de l’organització es continuarà treballant per tal que la celebració del Congrés en les noves dates respongui a les expectatives de tots els expositors, ponents i participants.

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


Call for abstracts

Scientific program

Monday, 12th March

14.00 Meeting of national secretaries

16.00 Press conference

17.00 – 19.00 Registration

20.00 Faculty dinner

Tuesday, 13th March

07.30-08.30 Workshop / hands-on: cast-fixations


Session 1

What are we talking about? epidemiological facts and prevention. Prevention I
Chair: Bernat Escoda, Andorra/ Dominik Heim, Switzerland

08.30 – 08.45 General trends in snowsports: Dominik Heim, Frutigen, Switzerland

08.45 – 09.00 Ancient research – snowparks: injuries, risks, and prevention: Othmar Brügger, BFU, Berne, Switzerland

09.00 – 09.15 How risky is professional competition: P. Brucker, Germany

0915. – 09.30 Children at risk: Yes, they are!: Amadeo Trippel, Chur, Switzerland

09.30 – 09.45 The difference of dominant and non-dominant leg, Yukio Urabe, Japan

09.45 – 10.00 Discussion

10.00 – 10.30 Coffee break


Session 2

My brain
Chair: Dadgostar Haleh, Iran/ Rita Schaumann von-Stosch, Switzerland

10.30 - 10.45 My brain in sledding: Raphael Jenni, Chur, Switzerland

10.45 – 11.00 Treatment algorithm in brain injuries: Rita Schaumann, Luzern, Switzerland

11.00 – 11.15 The (long) way back: Sönke Johannes / Gabriella Künig, Bellikon, Switzerland

11.15 – 11.30 Prevention of head injuries / the approach of BFU: Othmar Brügger, Berne, Switzerland

11.30 – 14.30 Outdoor activities: «coupe de président»: traditional ski race for congress participants


Session 3 (supported by BFU)

Prevention II 
Chair: Aleix Vidal / Bernat Escoda, Andorra

14.30 – 14.50 Incidence of cervical spine injuries in wintersports. Our experience from 2012-2017 seasons & revue of literature: Aleix Vidal, Spain

14.50 – 15.10 Equipment engineering for injury reduction: Christopher Brown, USA

15.10 – 15.30 Trail design and potential for injury: Christopher Brown, USA

15.30 - 15.40 Update on head and spinal injury trend since 1992 in the french ski resorts. Methodological consideration: Jean-Dominique Laporte

15.40 - 15.50 The benefits that a medical center provides to a ski resort: Nora Torrens, Andorra

15.50 - 16.00 Discussion

16.00 - 16.30 Coffee break


Session 4

The Knee: part I
Chair: Athanasios Zacharopoulos, Greece / Peter Brucker, Germany

16.30 - 16.50 Non-ACL relevant ski-specific injuries of the knee: Peter Brucker, Germany

16.50 - 17.10 Pediatric ACL – is growing a problem or is the problem growing?: Kai Ziebarth, Berne, Switzerland

17.10 – 17.30 Tibia plateau fractures – getting worse all the time: Christoph Sommer, Chur, Switzerland

17.30 – 17.50 Sport medical aspects: Marion Grögli, Bellikon, Switzerland

17.50 – 18.10 Discussion

18.15 – 19.00 Opening ceremony with welcome drinks / free evening

- Welcome address
- A look into the future: the climate and economy in wintersport: Marc Mauron, Zurich



Wednesday, 14th March

07.30-08.30 Workshop: Imaging – reading X-rays/ case discussion


Session 5

Typical wintersport injuries and treatment today
Chair: Marc-Hevé Binet, France / Thomas Ilchmann, Switzerland

08.30 – 08.45 The Suva experience: Samuli Aegerter, Suva Lucerne, Switzerland

08.45 – 09.00 Shoulder girdle: Raphael Jenni, Chur, Switzerland

09.00 – 09.15 Joint replacement and snowsport – a no-go? Thomas Ilchmann, Münchestein, Swirzerland

09.15 – 09.30 Ankle and snowboard ankle: Afsaneh Cherati, Zurich, Switzerland

09.30 – 09.45 Skiing injuries in children & adolescents: Athanasios Zacharopoulos, Greece

09.45 - 10.00 Discussion

10.00 – 10.30 Coffee break


Session 6

Hypothermia / avalanche

Chair: Joan Torrens, Andorra / Anton Wicker, Austria

10.30 - 10.50 Accidental hypothermia – what we should know about it: Beat Walpoth, Geneva, Switzerland

10.50 - 11.10 Our experience with avalanche victims: Anna Brunello, Chur, Switzerland

11.10 - 11.30 Death by avalanche / The Swiss series: Rebecca Hasler, Sion, Switzerland

11.30-14.30 Outdoor activities: speed control on the slope (SUVA)


Session 7

That's all around snowsports
Chair: Jürgen Herfert, Austria / Beat Gründler, Switzerland

14.30 – 14.50 Combining science, innovative technology and the art of coaching in high performance sport: Arno Galmarini, Zurich, Switzerland

14.50 – 15.10 The making of a ski: René Unternährer, Doppleschwand, Switzerland

15.10 – 15.30 Snowboard

15.30 – 15.50 Snowrails, crossblades (videos by Ulo Gertsch, Inventra Thun)

15.50 - 16.00 Discussion

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break


Session 8

The horror of winter-sport / polytrauma

Chair: Siavanh Tavoosi, Iran / Thomas Müller, Switzerland

16.30 - 16.50 The Bernese experience

16.50 - 17.10 The Iran experience: Siavash Tavoosi, Iran

17.10 - 17.30 Our polytrauma management in Chur: Thomas Müller


Free Communications

17.30 - 17.40 Warm-Up and Cool-Down on race day in alpine skiing - where is the evidence? : Jürgen Herfert, Austria

17.40 - 17.50 Regeneration of elite athletes in alpine skiing - what is known?: Jürgen Herfert, Austria

18.00 - 18.30  The history of SITEMSH: Marc-Hervé Binet, France


19.30 – 23.00 Congress dinner Prätschli Stall / Horse Carriage


Thursday, 15th March 2018

07.30 – 08.30 Workshop: What do we need for rescue – display and hands-on


Session 9

Rescue / evacuation: how can we still get better?
Chair: Aleix Vidal, Spain / Ivo Breitenmoser, Switzerland

08.30 - 08.45 Ground rescue -  Arosa: That’s how we are organised: Beat Mühlethaler, Arosa, Switzerland

08.45 - 09.00 Ground rescue - Grandvalira, Andorra: that’s how we are organised: Bernat Escoda, Andorra

09.00 - 09.15 Air rescue: The situation in Switzerland: Ivo Breitenmoser, Zurich, Switzerland 

09.15 - 09.30 Helicopter rescue service: our experience in Les Portes du Soleil across the Swiss / French border: Marc-Hervé Binet, France

09.30 - 09.45 Death by avalanche /the Swiss series: Rebecca Hasler, Sion, Switzerland 

09.45 - 10.00 Discussion

10.00 - 10.30 Coffee break


Session 10

The knee: outlook part II
Chair: Christopher Brown, USA / Dominik Heim, Switzerland

10.30 – 10.50 Cruciate ligaments- what do we know by now: Niklaus F. Friedich, Basel, Switzerland

10.50 – 11.10 Where is the problem? Christopher Brown, USA

11.10 – 11.30 What does the industry think? Matthias Rückerl, Germany

11.30 – 12.30 Round table with experts: what can be done in the future?

                       Introduction 10' Stefan Freudiger, Bremgarten Switzerland

                      Christopher Brown, USA / Rick Howell, USA / Matthias Rückerl, Germany / Stefan Freudiger, Switzerland / Niklaus F. Friedrich, Switzerland

                       and others


Welcome adress on Tuesday, 13th March 18.15

Mrs. Nicola Katharina Kull, Departement for justice, safety and health, Kanton Graubünden

Lorenzo Schmid, Mayor of Arosa




SGC: 16 SGOT: 16 SGNOR: 16 SGSM: 16 SGAIM: 11


international registration and payment see below / Congress Reservation

registration for Swiss residents: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

payment to: Dominik Heim/Sitemsh Arosa, Raiffeisen Bank 3714 Frutigen

IBAN: CH2080820000003862751 BIC: RAIFCH22

for further information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Mobile: 079 415 07 94

please note that the number of participants is limited for the workshops

Congress fees:

consultants, senior registrars, physicians

- 340.- CHF (3 days-pass)

- 380.- CHF (3 days-pass) ad hoc

residents (hospital confirmation required) / paramedics

- 250.- CHF (3 days-pass)

- 280.- CHF (3-days-pass) ad hoc

students (university confirmation required)

- 50.- CHF (day-pass)

day-pass for all (except students)

- 150.- CHF

accompanying person

- for free

congress evening 14th March 2018

- 80.- CHF/ Person

traditional ski-race “coupe du président” 13rd March 2018

- for free

Congress team:

Edith Rubin / Sophie Bonné / Bita Kallenbach / Samira Kessler / Dominik Heim

and team of Medical Center Arosa 



1st to 4th April 2020 - Conference Center Hotel Roc Blanc
Escaldes -Engordany, ANDORRA

1st April Wednesday

Workshops (Ordino-Arcalís, Grandvalira Ski Resort) 15.00-18.00

  • Avalanche rescue: use of AVD
  • Avalanche dog demonstration
  • Injured immobilization /transportation (Ski-patrols)
  • Rescue material demonstration
  • Hypothermia management

19h Dinner at Restaurant La Coma d’Arcalís – Grandvalira Ski Resort

2nd April Thursday

(work language: English, Catalan, Spanish and French, with translation)
Conference Center Hotel Roc Blanc

Session: Snowsports Safety

  • Human factors in ski accidents (10´)
    Dr Iñigo Soteras, Mountain Medicine, Medical Center Masella Ski Resort, CISA-IKAR
  • Safety in ski resorts. What do we expect from the users? (20´)
    Cnel. Alberto Ayora, head of the “Comité de Seguridad de la Federación Española de Deporte de Montaña y Escalada (FEDME).”
  • The expert evidence in court procedures associated with ski accidents and outdoor activities (20´)
    Iñigo Ayllon, lawyer, specialized in mountain and snowsports accidents
  • Collisions against obstacles during recreational snow sports: a preliminary epidemiological analysis (15´)
    Marie Dorsemaine
  • Wearing rate of helmet in snow sports (15´)
    Pr Yukio Urabe
  • État des lieux de la prise en charge des accidents de ski dans les Pyrénées Françaises (15¨)
    Dr Jean-Dominique Laporte

Floor discussion (15´)

coffee break 10h20-10h40

Session: Snowsports and Functional Diversity 10h40-12h25

  • Introduction: sport and functional diversity. "Hospidepor" programm (15´)
    Dr Josep Barrachina
  • Alpine and Nordic Skiing as paralympic sports (15´)
    Dr Josep Oriol Martinez-Ferrer
  • Personal experience as Paralympic medallist in Sochi (15´)
    Gabriel Gorce
  • Integració social a l’esport adaptat Social integration in adapted sport (15´)
    Enric Garcia Faixó
  • Beyond evidence (15´)
    Edu Carrera Mariscal

Floor Discussion (15´)

Lunch Break 12h25-14h

Session: Sports Engineering 14h-16h15

  • Snow Sports Engineering Issues (15´)
    Christopher Brown
  • Ski Edges (15´)
    Christopher Brown
  • Lenghts of training courses (15´)
    Roger Brown
  • Practical measurement of special lateral heel release settings for special alpine ski-bindings associated with ACL integrity (15´)
    Rick Howell
  • Spinal injury due to excessive range of motion in typical snowboarding backward falls (15´)
    Wei Wei
  • How simulation with human model can be used to understand mechanisms leading to trauma in snowsport situation (15´)
    Arnoux Pierre-Jean
  • Ski Patrolling App (15´)
    Enzo Acosta
  • Interventions on ski trails for accident prevention (15´)
    Lluis Rocafort / Xavier Parra

Floor discussion

Coffee Break 16h16-16h30

Snowsports Injuries 16h30-18h30

  • Partial ACL tears in athletes (15´)
    Dr Athanassios Zacharopoulos
  • The importance of the stiff neck ruff: new insights (in collaboration with the Swiss air ambulance) (15´)
    Dr Dominik Heim
  • The evaluation for ACL injury prevention (15´)
    Pr Yukio Urabe
  • Intrafocal anesthesia for displaced fractures (15´)
    Dr Marc-Hervé Binet
  • Wintersport in Arosa: lessons learned at the new medical centre in Arosa (15´)
    Dr Dominik Heim
  • Spinal immobilization for transportation after mountain traumatic injuries (15´)
    Evin Morgane

Floor Discussion (15´)

19h Ski Competition “Coupe du Président” (Sunset Park Peretol)
Freestyle exhibition

20h Dinner Grau Roig – Grandvalira Ski Resort

3rd April Friday

(work language: English, Catalan, Spanish and French, with translation)

08.30 Registration

Inaugural conference SCME 09.00-09.45

Session: ACL injuries in snowsports 09.45-11.15

  • ACL injuries in leisure skiers (15´)
    Dr Aleix Vidal, orthopedic surgeon, Teknon Medical Center Barcelona / Medical Center Baqueira Ski Resort
  • ACL injuries in ski racers (15´)
    Dr Roberto Negrin, Orthopedic Surgeon, Clínica Las Condes, Santiago de Chile
    FIS Medical Committee
  • Development of a Preventive Knee Brace in Professional Ski Racing - a Holistic Developmental Concept and Successful Implementation in the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup (15´)
    Dr Peter Brucker, Orthopedic Surgeon, German Ski Federation
  • ACL injury mechanism in skiers (15´)
    Dr Diego Garcia-Germán, Orthopedic Surgeon, Spanish Ski Federation
  • The most effective rehabilitation program after ACL Reconstruction (15´)
    Pr Yukio Urabe, University of Hiroshima

Floor discussion (15')

Coffee break 11.15-11.45

Session: Severe injuries in Snow & Mountain Sports 11.45-13.00

  • Severe injuries in skiing in Snowsports in Switzerland (15´)
    Dr Dominik Heim, Emergency Surgeon, European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery,
    Basel University
  • Mountain Bike injuries (15´)
    Dr Anna Hernandez, Emergency Department Hospital Nostra Senyora de Meritxell
  • Severe injuries & fatalities in snowsports in Andorra (15´)
    Dr Bernat Escoda, Sports Medicine and Mountain Medicine, Centre Mèdic de Pas de la Casa-Grau Roig Grandvalira Ski Resort, FIS medical committee
  • Mountaineering injuries (15´)
    Dr Enric Subirats Internal Medicine, Mountain Medicine, Medical Center La Masella Ski Resort, Universitat de Girona

Floor discussion (15´)

Cold buffet 13.00 - 14.15

Session: Competition Skiing 14.15-16.00

  • (tittle to be confirmed) (15´)
    Dr Marie-Philippe Blanchi, Federal Doctor of the French Ski Federation, FIS Medical Committee member
  • Management of the ski concussion (15´)
    A. Peurois, French Ski Federation
  • Statistic of injuries in the French National Ski Team (15´)
    A. Guyon, French Ski Federation
  • Organization of rescue during Alpine Ski World Cup Finals Grandvalira 2019 (15´)
    Laura Sànchez – Emergency Nurse Medical Center Soldeu-El Tarter Grandvalira Ski Resort, Emergency Departement Hospital Nostra Senyora de Meritxell
  • Shock wave therapy in high level skiers after muscle and tendon laesions (15´)
    Dr Anton Wicker, Rehabilitation Specialist, Austrian Ski Federation, FIS Medical Committee
  • Podologic concerns in ski racers (15´)
    Sr Enric Violan, Podologist, Foot Pathomechanics and treatments

Floor discussion (15´)

Session: other Snowsports Disciplines 16.00-16.40

  • Injuries in less common snowsports (15´)
    Dr Joan Torrens, Sports Medicine, Medical Center Ordino-Arcalís Grandvalira Ski Resort
  • Freestyle injuries (15´)
    Sr Jesus Landete Sports Scientist

Floor Discussion (10´)

Coffee break 16.40-17.10

Session: Altitude physiology/pathology 17.10-18.05

  • Altitude training (15´)
    Sr Patxi Vila, Sports scientist, training, nutrition, biomechanics and race planning coordinator Movistar cycling team
  • Hypothermia (15´)
    Dr Iñigo Soteras, Mountain Medicine, Medical Center Masella Ski Resort
  • Functional testing in hypoxia (15´)
    Dr Fabien Pillard, Sports Medicine, University Hospital Toulouse-Purpan
  • Changes in lung function in endurance trained athletes accustomed to perform at altitude: a ski mountaineering field study (15´)
    Fabienne Durand, Laboratoire Européen Performance Santé Altitude, Font Romeu

Floor Discussion (10´)

Session: Regenerative medicine 18.05-18.50

  • Joint infusion of expanded MSC in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee. Results of our years of experience and future perspectives for athletes (15´)
    Dr Robert Soler MD Regenerative medicine “Institut de Teràpia regenerativa Tissular (ITRT)” Centre Médic Teknon
  • Effect of intratendinous infusion of Autologous Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cells Expanded under GMP conditions or LP-PRP in Chronic Patellar Tendinopathy: A Randomized Double-Blinded Prospective Study at 12 months (15´)
    Dr Joan Rius, MD Regenerative medicine “Institut de Teràpia regenerativa Tissular (ITRT)” Centre Médic Teknon

Floor Discussion (15´)

Poster communications presentation 19.00-19.45

SCME General Assembly 19.50-20.20

4th April Saturday

(work languages: English, Catalan, Spanish and French, live translation)

Trail Running 09.00-10.45

  • Introduction. Why are medical controls important? (15´)
    Dr Daniel Brotons, Sports Medicine, president SCME 2006-2011, Catalan Sports Council
  • Micro traumatic injuries in trail running participants (15´)
    Dr Virginie Pecourneau, Sports Medicine, University Hospital Toulouse-Purpan
  • Ankle Injury Prevention in trai running (15´)
    Dr Daniel Brotons, Sports Medicine, president SCME 2006-2011, Catalan Sports Council
  • Podological concerns in trail running (15´)
    Sr Enric Violan, Podologist, Foot Pathomechanics and treatments
  • “Stay and Play”. Medical assistance in trail running races (15´)
    Dr Salvador Sarrà, Emergency Physician, International Diploma in Mountain Medicine.
  • Nutrition aspects of ultradistance races (15´)
    (Speaker to be confirmed)

Floor discussion (15´)

Coffee break 10.45-11.30

Trail running 11.30-14.00

  • Physiology elements determining performance in trail running (15´)
    Dr Fabien Pillard, Sports Medicine, University Hospital Toulouse-Purpan
  • New perspective in sports training: the polyvagal theory (15´)
    Dr Carme Mombiedro, Sports Medicine, Medisport, Andorra la Vella, Medical Center Pal- Vallnord Ski Resort
  • Training for trail running (15´)
    Sr Eduard Barceló, Sports Scientist, Trail Running trainer
  • Trail running psychology (15´)
    Sr Tomàs Navarro, psychologist, coach
  • The runner view (15´)
    (to be confirmed)

Floor discussion (15´)

Closure 14.00


Important dates

February 28 2020 Author Notification
February 28 2020 Early Registration Closes
April 1 2020 Conference Begins


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Institutional collaboration

MI Govern d'AndorraHble. Comú d'Escaldes-EngordanyBombers AndorraPolicia Andorra - Grup MuntanyaAndorra Turisme


Congress in collaboration with

Ski AndorraSCHILLERCrèdit Assegurances

Centre Mèdic Pas de la Casa - Grau RoigMedisportTraumatologia i medicina d'esports d'hivernServei Mèdic Ordino-ArcalísCentre Mèdic Pal