Studying terrain park injuries

Updated: December 21, 2010, 3:10 PM ET
By Megan Michelson | ESPN Action Sports

New research has found that terrain parks may not be as dangerous as people think. Despite the proliferation of terrain parks at ski areas over the last 20 years, the injury rate amongst skiers has actually decreased in that time frame, in large part due to new, safer ski equipment.

Skiing now sees approximately two injuries for every 1,000 skier visits, down from eight injuries per 1,000 visits in the late 1960s. Among those who wear a helmet, the incidence of head injuries ...

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