Snowboard traumatology: an epidemiological study

Orthopedics. 1997 Jun;20(6):505-9. doi: 10.3928/0147-7447-19970601-05.


In the past 10 years, snowboarding has become a popular winter sport among young people, and the number of accidents has increased proportionately. The incidence of traumas from snowboarding is shown to be 4 to 6 for every 1000 medical examinations, which is similar to that of downhill skiing. However, other important statistical differences exist between the two sports. This study of 106 snowboarding-related injury cases analyzes the epidemiology of these injuries in Italy. Results found that 45.1% of injuries are located in the upper limbs and that significant advantages are obtained with the introduction of guards to protect the upper limbs during descent. Serious ligament injuries to the knee are more rare in snowboarding than in downhill skiing. In both sports, injuries are more common with rigid boots, which lead to a higher incidence of injury to the upper limbs. Finally, a high percentage of injury to beginners was found in this study. Training courses for those who are considering taking up the sport of snowboarding could significantly lower their risk of trauma.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Arm Injuries / epidemiology
  • Arm Injuries / etiology
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Athletic Injuries / etiology
  • Equipment and Supplies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Italy / epidemiology
  • Leg Injuries / epidemiology
  • Leg Injuries / etiology
  • Male
  • Physical Fitness
  • Skiing / injuries*
  • Snow