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Am J Emerg Med. 2002 May;20(3):228-33.

Traumatic injuries caused by hazing practices.

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  • Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA. mfinkel@partners.org

Abstract

Hazing is defined as committing acts against an individual or forcing an individual into committing an act that creates a risk for harm in order for the individual to be initiated into or affiliated with an organization. Hazing is an enduring activity with roots that date back to the ancient and medieval eras. It has become increasingly prevalent in fraternities and sororities, high school and college athletic organizations, the military, professional sports teams, and street gangs. Scant information is available in the medical literature regarding hazing. This article reviews the history of hazing, provides statistics regarding its prevalence, presents information on specific hazing practices and consequent traumatic injuries, and assesses alcohol's influence on hazing. It also offers recommendations on how to recognize victims of hazing in the Emergency Department and proposes guidelines for their treatment. Current legislation and information on the prevention of traumatic injuries from hazing are discussed.

Copyright 2002, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.)

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