Emergency Operations Centre sees spike in skiing and snowboarding injuries in Japan

Emergency Operations Centre Team Leader - Michael Good

From December 2014 to February 2015, 26 percent of Dynamiq's snow injury medical cases occurred in Japan. In the same period from 2016 to 2017, this rose to 34 percent.

This increase is likely due to an abundance of cheap flights to the country.

The most common serious cases we’re seeing include injuries to the knees (MCL, ACL), legs (tibia, fibia), and also shoulders and collarbones. We also see instances of fractured spine, ribs, facial bones, pelvis and brain injuries.

While the United States hospitals can be extremely expensive, Japan takes a conservative view on surgery and hospitalisation which can also lead to hefty medical bills.

In many cases, Japanese hospitals will keep patients as an inpatient for physiotherapy following surgery over the course of three or more weeks, rather than discharging the patient three to five days post-surgery such as in Australia and Canada.

This extended stay can mean a significant increase in the associated medical costs and may lead to the traveller overstaying their original visa.

Dynamiq recommends travelers to Japan, who are planning to ski, undertake regular exercise prior to travel. A range of leg exercises such as lunges and squats with basic stretching will prepare your body for the slopes and reduce your chance of injury.

Ski/snow stats for injuries by country


Dec 2014 - Feb 2015

Country          % 

Austria            6
Canada           27
China              2
France            4
Italy                 6
Japan             26
Norway           2
Switzerland    4
United States 23

Dec 2015 - Feb 2016

Country           % 

Austria             9

Canada            24
France             6
Italy                  2
Japan              37
Switzerland    2
United States 20

Dec 2016 - Feb 2017

Country         %

Austria            7
Canada          17
France            9
Italy                 3
Japan             34
Mongolia         3
Switzerland     5
United States 22


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