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Ann Emerg Med. 2014 Mar;63(3):361-6. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2013.10.008. Epub 2013 Nov 15.

Unique obstacle race injuries at an extreme sports event: a case series.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, Allentown, PA. Electronic address: mrgdo@ptd.net.
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Department of Emergency Medicine, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, Allentown, PA.

Abstract

Obstacle course endurance events are becoming more common. Appropriate preparedness for the volume and unique types of injury patterns, as well as the effect on public health these events may cause, has yet to be reported in emergency literature. We describe 5 patients who presented with diverse injuries to illustrate the variety of injuries sustained in this competitive event. In particular, 4 of the patients had a history of contact with electrical discharge, an obstacle distinctive to the Tough Mudder experience.

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