Dr. David H. Nichols, a muscular-skeletal specialist based in Austin, Texas, has plenty of real-world slalom injury experience. A nationally ranked slalom skier with scores into 38 off himself, Nichols has treated scores of wounded amateur and professional skiers. “The most common injuries I encounter are to the knees and ankles — torn or strained ligaments, meniscal tears, patellar dislocations — some pretty bleak situations,” he says. While Nichols concedes that slalom skiers are prone to injury, regardless of binding preference, one prominent factor stands out. “In my experience, it always comes down to one foot releasing without the other. One leg versus the environment will usually end in injury,” he says.