Head injuries in winter sports: downhill skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowmobiling, ice skating and ice hockey

Neurol Clin. 2008 Feb;26(1):325-32; xii-xiii. doi: 10.1016/j.ncl.2007.11.009.


Winter sports are often associated with high speed, which carries with it the potential for collision. As such, head injuries are among the more commonly encountered injuries in winter-related sporting activities. This article focuses on popular winter sports such as downhill skiing and snowboarding, sledding, snowmobiling, ice skating, and hockey. In virtually all of these activities, the incidence and severity of head injuries can be reduced by the use of appropriate protective headgear.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / epidemiology*
  • Hockey / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Seasons*
  • Skating / statistics & numerical data*
  • Skiing / statistics & numerical data*
  • Snow Sports / statistics & numerical data*