Science and Skiing

Science and Skiing

Science and Skiing

Science and Skiing


The first International Congress on Science and Skiing was held in Austria in January 1996. The main aim of the conference was to bring together original key research in this area and provid an essential update for those in the field. The lnk between theory and practice was also addressed, making the research more applicable for both researchers and coaches. This book is divided into five parts, each containing a group of papers that are related by theme or disciplineary approach. They are as follows: Biomechanics of Skiing; Fitness testing and Training in Skiing; Movement Control and Psychology in Skiing; Physiology of Skiing and Sociology of Skiing. The conclusions drawn from the conference represent an invaluable practical reference for sports scientists, coached, skiers and all those involved in this area.


The first International Congress on Skiing and Science was held at St. Christoph a.Arlberg, Austria, from 7-13 January, 1996. This event was organized by the Austrian Association of Sports Sciences (ÖSG), the Universities of Salzburg and Innsbruck and the Österreichischer Arbeitskreis für Skilauf an Schulen und Hochschulen. It was also part of the programmes of the World Commission of Sports Biomechanics. The scientific programme offered a broad spectrum of current research work in Nordic and Alpine skiing. In addition to the six keynote papers, for which we were able to secure some of the most renowned experts in the relevant fields, 47 oral and 41 poster presentations stimulated fruitful discussion. Apart from the scientific programme, numerous social activities provided many opportunities to make friends and to enjoy the best that winter has to offer in this region.

In the Proceedings of this congress, the six keynotes and forty-four of the oral presentations are published. The manuscripts were subject to peer review and editorial judgement prior to acceptance. The volume is organized into five parts based on scientific disciplines. Each part is introduced by one of the keynotes.

We hope that this congress report will stimulate many of our colleges throughout the world to research the field of skiing so that at the Second International Congress on Skiing and Science, which will also be held in St. Christoph a. Arlberg in the year 2000, as many research papers as possible may be enjoyed by the participants.

Erich Müller, Chair

Hermann Schwameder

Elmar Kornexl

Christian Raschner

We would like to express our cordial thanks to Ingrid and Andreas Sandmayr for the time and energy which they invested in the editting of this book.

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