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Injury. 1999 Jan;30(1):47-9.

Snowboarding injuries of the abdomen: comparison with skiing injuries.

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Department of Surgery, Iiyama Red Cross Hospital, Japan.


A retrospective study was conducted to identify the characteristics of snowboarding injury of the abdomen in comparison with those of alpine skiing injuries. Between December 1988 and April 1997, 1579 patients were treated for snowboarding injuries and 9108 patients were treated after skiing accidents. 19 patients (1.2%) in snowboarding and 64 (0.7%) in skiing had abdominal injuries. The abdominal injury rate in snowboarders was significantly higher than that in skiers. Snowboarders with abdominal injuries were similar to skiers with respect to epidemiology but the patterns of injury in the two groups showed several distinct differences. Riding mistakes after jumping for the snowboarders (31.6%) was significantly higher than that for the skiers (0%). The main organs involved in snowboarding and skiing injuries were kidney, liver and spleen. The incidence of solitary renal injury in snowboarding (68.4%) was significantly higher than that in skiing (29.7%).

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