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Wilderness Environ Med. 2013 Mar;24(1):15-6. doi: 10.1016/j.wem.2012.08.017. Epub 2012 Dec 14.

Wristwatch-associated ski injury.

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  • 1Accident and Emergency Unit, Morriston Hospital, Swansea, United Kingdom.


Upper limb injuries are a common occurrence in snowboarders, and these may be reduced by wearing wrist guards that transmit the force of the fall across the forearm. We present a case of a 26-year-old man who experienced a displaced left radial and ulnar fracture related to wearing a wristwatch while snowboarding. The wristwatch acted as a fulcrum around which the arm was fractured, serving as a stress riser that focused the force of the fall. The fracture was treated using open reduction and internal fixation.

Copyright © 2013 Wilderness Medical Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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