The dangers of snowboarding: a 9-year prospective comparison of snowboarding and skiing injuries

Acta Orthop Scand. 2001 Dec;72(6):657-60. doi: 10.1080/000164701317269111.


We studied 2,552 snowboarding injuries and 5048 skiing injuries sustained during 1988-97. The number of snowboarding injuries had been increasing year by year and was 6 times as many as skiing injuries (2.0 versus 0.35 per 1,000 visits). The types of snowboarding injuries included fractures (39%), lacerations (21%), dislocations (17%), and contusions (15%). Upper extremity injuries were more frequent than those in the lower extremity in snowboarders. The commonest fractures involved the radius (48%), clavicle (11%), humerus (11%), and ulna (7-8%). The shoulder joint was most commonly dislocated (55%) followed by the elbow (27%), acromioclavicular (10%), finger (4%), and hip joints. In snowboarding accidents, the rates of fractures and dislocations were higher than those in skiing in almost every part of the body. Severe injuries were commoner in snowboarding accidents. We recommend the use of appropriate equipment and instructions for beginners to prevent such injuries.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Injury Severity Score
  • Japan / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Distribution
  • Skiing / injuries*
  • Sports