Alpine skiing, snowboarding, and spinal trauma

Authors
Citation
T. Floyd, Alpine skiing, snowboarding, and spinal trauma, ARCH ORTHOP, 121(8), 2001, pp. 433-436
Citations number
14
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Ortopedics, Rehabilitation & Sport Medicine
Journal title
ARCHIVES OF ORTHOPAEDIC AND TRAUMA SURGERY
ISSN journal
0936-8051 → ACNP
Volume
121
Issue
8
Year of publication
2001
Pages
433 - 436
Database
ISI
SICI code
0936-8051(200109)121:8<433:ASSAST>2.0.ZU;2-8
Abstract
This 10-year retrospective review of spinal injuries at a destination ski r esort was done to determine the incidence and type of spinal and neurologic injury associated with alpine winter sports. Spinal injury patterns and ou tcomes in skiers and snowboarders over a period of 11 seasons at a destinat ion resort were studied. One-fourth of cervical injuries were associated wi th a temporary neurologic deficit. Only 1 in 25 thoracic injuries had an as sociated neurologic deficit, and this was permanent. None of the lumbar inj uries required surgery, nor were any associated with a neurologic deficit. There was approximately one significant spinal injury every 100,000 skier-d ays, and only 9% of spinal injuries required surgery. The incidence of deat h or associated permanent neurologic deficit is low (approximately one per two million skier-days). Skiing and snowboarding have a low incidence of si gnificant spinal trauma.