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Médecins de Montagne

Fédération Internationale des Patrouilles de Ski

FIPS is the international organisation representing ski patrol and associated ski safety organisations with membership from throughout the world

International Ski Federation

This is the web of the International Ski Federation

International Society for Skiing Safety

The International Society for Skiing Safety is a global, multidisciplinary institution that advances safety issues and injury care in snow sports through education, research and development in all related fields

International Commission for Alpine Rescue

International Congress on Science and Skiing

Organized by the Sports Technology Unit (Vuokatti) of the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences of the University of Jyväskylä

The National Ski and Board Safety Association

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).

Former SITEMSH presidents

  • Pietro Segantini

    Pietro Segantini

    President of UIAA
  • Paolo Zucco

    Paolo Zucco

  • Hans-Ulrich Buff

    Pr. Hans-Ulrich Buff


Former National Secretaries

  • Josep EscodaBN

    Josep Escoda

  • Jan Rokyta

    Jan Rokyta

    Czech Republic

Former SITEMSH historical members

  • Josep 'Pitu' Figueras

    Josep “Pitu” Figueras

    (1926 – 2011)

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Board Members

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    Aleix Vidal
  • Bernat Escoda


    Bernat Escoda
  • Dominik Heim


    Dominik Heim

National Secretaries

National Secretaries exist to promote the SITEMSH in each of their countries and to act as a national link between members and the Society.

    • Joan Torrens


      Joan Torrens
    • Mike Langran


      Mike Langran
    • Alexander Genelin


      Alexander Genelin
    • Anton Wicker


      Anton Wicker

    • Roberto Negrin


      Roberto Negrin

    • Di Xie


      Di Xie
      Research Gate
    • Marc-Hervé Binet


      Marc-Hervé Binet
    • Peter Brucker


      Peter Brucker
      Research Gate
    • Athanasios Zacharopoulos


      Athanasios Zacharopoulos
    • Peter Felkai


      Peter Felkai

  • Siavash Tavoosi


    Siavash Tavoosi
  • Yukio Urabe


    Yukio Urabe
  • Vissarion Kim


    Vissarion Kim
  • Aleix Vidal


    Aleix Vidal
  • Christopher Brown


    Christopher Brown
  • Dominik Heim


    Dominik Heim

Scientific committee

    • Yukio Urabe


      Yukio Urabe
    • Haleh Dadgostar


      Haleh Dadgostar
    • Afsaneh Cherati


      Afsaneh Cherati
  • 1954 Chambéry- Courchevel France
  • 1956 Sestriere Italy
  • 1958 Davos – Parsenn Switzerland
  • 1960 Garmish Partenkirchen Germany
  • 1962 Obergurgl Austria
  • 1964 Chamonix France
  • 1966 Cortina d’Ampezzo Italy
  • 1968 Saint Moritz Switzerland
  • 1970 Garmisch Partenkirchen Germany
  • 1972 Obergurgl Austria
  • 1974 Val d’Isère France
  • 1976 Breuil Cervinia Italy
  • 1978 Arosa Switzerland
  • 1980 Garmish Partenkirchen Germany
  • 1982 Obergurgl Austria
  • 1984 Val d’Isère France
  • 1986 Saas Fee Switzerland
  • 1988 Courmayeur Italy - communication list
  • 1990 Garmisch Partenkirchen - Germany
  • 1991 Pas de La Casa - Andorra - program and communication list
  • 1992 Obergurgl - Austria - program
  • 1993 Baqueira Beret - Spain - full abstracts
  • 1996 La Plagne - France - complete program and abstracts
  • 1998 Zermatt - Switzerland
  • 2000 Bormio - Italy
  • 2002 Andorra - Andorra - abstracts
  • 2004 Neustift - AUSTRIA - program
  • 2006 Baqueira Beret - SPAIN - first announcement
  • 2008 Delphi – GREECE - complete scientific program
  • 2009 Termas de Chillan – CHILE - program
  • 2010 Avoriaz – FRANCE - Flyer 
  • 2013 Bariloche – ARGENTINA
  • 2014 Flachau – AUSTRIA - program 
  • 2015 Tehran - IRAN - program - Presentations
  • 2016 Inawashiro - JAPAN - Programpresentations
  • 2018 Arosa - SWITZERLAND - Program - presentations

Other events:


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
  • The effect of skiing on the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities (15´)
    Dra Maria Carbó Carreté
  • 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
  • Return to play after knee ligamentous injury (15´)
    Dr Hale Dadgostar
  • 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

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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