New South Wales Snow Study

June 22, 2010 by  
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Skiing and snowboarding vacations are extremely popular for families who enjoy the outdoors and a little adventure. With so many breathtaking resorts around the world to choose from, vacations can be planned with the greatest of ease and the guarantee that both the adults and children will be entertained. Even though professional instructors are located at every ski resort to teach guests how to navigate the slopes, accidents are unavoidable. A new study, which will include the participation of students at the New South Wales High Country School in Australia, hopes to improve the safety of children on the snow.

All the students who participate in the snow study will be equipped with specialized gear. Each item of equipment will be fitted with GPS and monitoring equipment to enable scientist to study every move the student makes, and even each fall. Even the helmets being worn will give researchers insight into the head injuries that children can sustain while skiing or snowboarding. The study is being done by the University of Canberra in Australia, and it is hoped that the research will assist in developing more advanced safety measures and equipment for children. The speed at which the children travel will also be monitored as well as their movements on the snow. For the participating children, it will be a day of fun and excitement as they try their hand at skiing, or show-off their perfected moves. They will be encouraged to participate in activities they would usually enjoy, as researchers want to study the children in their normal state of play and enjoyment. While looking at the children’s behaviour on the slopes, scientist will get a clearer picture of the impact that skiing has on children.

Dr. Tracy Dickson, one of the researchers participating in the study, explained: “We’re just trying to understand the characteristics that help develop snow sport safety strategies to help make better choices about how they’re skiing and boarding, so they can help protect themselves from injury.” If new technology and safety precautions can be developed from this snow study, it will assist in allowing children to enjoy the soft white slopes of ski resorts with the reduced risk of injury.