International Society for Snowports Medicine

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

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

IBAN: CH2080820000003862751 BIC: RAIFCH22

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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