Study examines characteristics of kids’ fracture injuries

Rosemont, IL – Children have the highest risk of suffering a fracture from snowboarding or playing soccer, and the wrist is most commonly injured body part, according to a new study from Akershus University Hospital in Norway.

In the summer, team handball, skateboarding or rollerblading, and soccer had the highest fracture rates per weekly hours of exposure. Although soccer had the highest overall fracture rate, snowboarding’s rate was much higher when adjustments were made for hours of exposure. The rate for snowboarding was 1.9 fractures per 10,000 hours of exposure – 4 times higher than for soccer, the study abstract states.

Researchers noted that most of the snowboarders with wrist fractures were not wearing wrist guards.

The study appeared in the April issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

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