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Are snowboarders more likely to damage their spines than skiers? Lessons learned from a study of spinal injuries from the Otago skifields in New Zealand.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15980904     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
AIMS: The aim of this study was to determine the incidence, nature, and circumstances of spinal injuries caused by skiing and snowboarding at the Otago skifields and treated at Dunedin Hospital during the period 1991 to 2002. METHODS: Patients were identified from the audit records of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Dunedin Hospital. RESULTS: Twenty-five cases were included in the study, 18 snowboarders, and 7 skiers. Twenty-two cases had spinal fractures, with skiers having a higher proportion of burst fractures and multiple fractures. The most frequently fractured vertebrae were T12 and L1, and wedge fractures were the most common fracture type. Jump-related activities were the most common cause of injury in snowboarders, in contrast to skiers whose injuries were more commonly fall-related. CONCLUSIONS: Skier-related spinal injuries were rare and sporadic over the study period, whereas snowboarder-related spinal injuries were more frequent and more recent in occurrence.
Authors:
Simon Donald; David Chalmers; Jean-Claude Theis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article     Date:  2005-06-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  The New Zealand medical journal     Volume:  118     ISSN:  1175-8716     ISO Abbreviation:  N. Z. Med. J.     Publication Date:  2005 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-06-27     Completed Date:  2005-10-21     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401067     Medline TA:  N Z Med J     Country:  New Zealand    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  U1530     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
General Medicine, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, UK. simon.donald@nhs.net
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Female
Fractures, Bone / classification,  epidemiology*
Humans
Incidence
Lumbar Vertebrae / injuries*
Male
New Zealand / epidemiology
Pilot Projects
Sex Distribution
Skiing / classification,  injuries*
Spinal Injuries / epidemiology
Thoracic Vertebrae / injuries*

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