Injuries associated with in-line skating from the Canadian hospitals injury reporting and prevention program database

Can J Public Health. 1995 Mar-Apr;86(2):133-6.


In-line skating, also known as rollerblading, is an increasingly popular recreational activity that carries with it the potential for injury. As reported in the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program database (CHIRPP), 194 children were injured while in-line skating. Fractures to the radius and ulna were the most common type of injury sustained (57.5%), followed by lacerations and abrasions (14.9%). Five children had concussions and very few children reported wearing protective gear such as a helmet or wrist, elbow and knee protectors. Compared to the database overall, in-line skaters suffered more severe injuries and were more likely to require follow-up treatment. Safety implications in relation to protective gear and learning the sport of in-line skating are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Canada / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Databases, Factual
  • Female
  • Hospitalization / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Population Surveillance
  • Protective Devices
  • Skating / injuries*
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / etiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control