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Sports injuries: snowsports

Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Snowsport injuries cover a broad range of activities from alpine or Nordic skiing, snowboarding, and recreational play (e.g. tobogganing, tubing). 


Snowsports are popular with over 70 million people globally participating each year 1. While the injury rate varies depending on location, a rough average is ~3 injuries per 1000 skier/boarder days 2,3


  • falls (most common, >70%) 1,3
  • collisions 
  • jumps
  • man-made terrain features
  • lift accidents

There are differences between skier and snowboarder patterns of injuries:

  • skiers
    • lower extremity (most common) 1
      • knee most common site 3,4
  • snowboarders
    • upper extremity (most common) 1,4
      • wrist fractures 10x more common in snowboarders than skiers 3
    • lower extremity
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rID: 71771
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Snowboarding injuries
  • Skiing injuries
  • Snowsports injuries

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