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Patients with ice hockey injuries presenting to US emergency departments, 1990-2006.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20831391     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
CONTEXT: Although the number of US ice hockey participants doubled from 1990 to 2006, no nationally representative studies have examined US ice hockey injuries among participants of all ages during this period.
OBJECTIVE: To describe patients with ice hockey injuries presenting to a representative sample of US emergency departments (EDs) from 1990 through 2006.
DESIGN: Prospective injury surveillance study.
SETTING: The US Consumer Product Safety Commission collects data from 100 nationally representative EDs via the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS).
PATIENTS OR OTHER PARTICIPANTS: Individuals injured while playing ice hockey and presenting to a NEISS-affiliated ED from 1990 through 2006.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Incidence and patterns of ice hockey-related injuries.
RESULTS: From 1990 through 2006, 8228 patients with ice hockey-related injuries presented to NEISS-affiliated EDs, representing an estimated 302 368 ice hockey-related injuries sustained nationally during this time. Injuries occurred predominantly among males (93.5%). More than half of the injured were aged 9 to 14 years (28.9%) or 15 to 18 years (30.1%), and injury incidence in these age groups increased over the study period (P  =  .009 and P < .001, respectively). The most commonly injured body sites were the face (19.1%), wrist/hand/finger (14.1%), shoulder/upper arm (13.8%), and lower leg/ankle/foot (11.1%). Lacerations (27.0%), contusions/abrasions (23.6%), fractures (17.3%), and sprains/strains (16.9%) were the most common injuries. Falls (16.5%), contact with boards (13.6%), and contact with stick (13.0%) were the most common injury mechanisms. Compared with those aged 9 to 18 years, those aged 2 to 8 years and those older than 18 years sustained larger proportions of face (injury proportion ratio [IPR]  =  2.66; 95% confidence interval [CI]  =  2.29, 3.08) and mouth (IPR  =  4.34; 95% CI  =  2.87, 6.56) injuries. Concussions were more common among those aged 2 to 18 years (9.0%) than in those who were older than 18 years (3.7%) (IPR  =  2.47; 95% CI  =  1.75, 3.49).
CONCLUSIONS: Ice hockey injury patterns vary by age and sex. Our findings indicate that many trips to the ED might be prevented by using protective equipment appropriately.
Jeff Deits; Ellen E Yard; Christy L Collins; Sarah K Fields; R Dawn Comstock
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of athletic training     Volume:  45     ISSN:  1938-162X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Athl Train     Publication Date:    2010 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-13     Completed Date:  2011-06-22     Revised Date:  2011-09-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9301647     Medline TA:  J Athl Train     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  467-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
The Ohio State University, School of Physical Activity and Educational Services, Columbus, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
Confidence Intervals
Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*,  utilization
Hockey / injuries*
Population Surveillance
Prospective Studies
Sex Factors
United States / epidemiology
Young Adult
Comment In:
J Athl Train. 2010 Sep-Oct;45(5):475-7; discussion 478-9   [PMID:  20831392 ]

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