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Who’s Most Injury-Prone on Ice? Aspiring Michelle Kwans and Tara Lipinskis

little girl fallen on ice while skatingAn estimated 250,000 people landed in emergency rooms in the past decade due to recreational ice skating injuries—and the majority of them were children and teenage girls, according to a University of Rochester Emergency Department study.

Common injuries included fractures and lacerations to the upper body from attempting to break a fall with arms and hands. Recreational ice skaters were also five times as likely to suffer a concussion as in-line skaters, and seven times as likely as roller skaters, the study found.

The research was led by Courtney Jones, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health Sciences and an epidemiologist at UR. She presented the study recently at the American Public Health Association annual meeting and has submitted it for publication in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

Few studies have focused on recreational ice skating injuries.  Most other research has examined injuries among elite figure skaters and ice hockey players, and from the use of temporary ice rinks. The lack of data prompted Jones to estimate recreational skating injuries.

She analyzed a national injury surveillance system and compiled statistics for 2002 to 2013.recreational ice skaters Females represented 57.5 percent of the approximately 250,400 people injured; the majority of injuries occurred in people ages 10 to 19 (43 percent) and in those younger than 10 (21.5 percent). The most common injuries were broken bones (25 percent), cuts (nearly 23 percent) and sprains (18.5 percent). More than 97 percent were treated and released, and very few injuries occurred in people over the age of 60, the study found.

Funding was provided by a training grant from the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine.

Leslie Orr | 12/30/2015

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