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Am J Public Health. 1999 Feb;89(2):238-41.

Predictors of injury among adult recreational in-line skaters: a multicity study.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 19104, USA. rseldes@mail.med.upenn.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study examined risk factors for injury, injury prevalence, safety gear use, and skating habits of adult recreational in-line skaters.

METHODS:

Randomly selected in-line skaters in 6 major US cities were interviewed.

RESULTS:

Only 6% of skaters consistently wore all 4 recommended types of safety gear. Skaters with greater skating experience were more likely to perform tricks, wear less safety gear, and sustain an injury.

CONCLUSION:

More experienced adult recreational in-line skaters are at increased risk for injury. Safety gear use in alarmingly low in adult recreational in-line skaters, especially experienced skaters. Safe skating education programs should consider targeting this newly recognized at-risk skating population.

PMID:
9949756
PMCID:
PMC1508528
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.89.2.238
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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