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Int J Circumpolar Health. 2001 Aug;60(3):380-90.

Teenager injury panorama in northern Sweden.

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  • 1Section of Forensic Medicine, Dept. of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Umeå University, Sweden.



To study non-fatal unintentional injuries among teenagers and to suggest preventive measures.


The emergency care unit of the University Hospital, Umeå, Sweden.


All injured teenagers (N = 1044) attending the emergency care unit during 1991 were asked to answer a questionnaire focusing on when, where and how the injury occurred. All available medical records were examined. Data were coded according to the Nordic Medico-Statistical Committees Classification for Accident Monitoring, NOMESCO, and to the Abbreviated Injury Scale, AIS.


1,043 teenagers were treated with sports and transportation related injuries as the most common ones. Most injuries were minor (AIS 1), transportation related injuries had the highest proportion of non-minor injuries (AIS > or = 2), 139 teenagers were admitted for in-patient care. Most injuries occurred during leisure/school time.


Sports and transportation related injuries were most frequent. Body weight and length differs among teenagers, we suggest that teenagers should exercise and play together, not only by age, but also to some extent, to height and weight. Curfew laws, a compulsory bicycle helmet law are other injury reducing measures suggested.

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