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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 8(4); 1997 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 1997;8(4): 590-596.
The Factors Associated with Fractures by Ski Injuries
Jun Hwi Cho, Kang Hyun Lee, Jong Chun Lim, Sun Man Kim, Jin Woong Lee, Eun Seog Hong, Sung Oh Hwang, Yeo Seung Yoon, Young Hee Lee
BACKGROUND: Ski injuries depend on many factors which involve the skier's skill, the skiing environment, and skier's equipment. The purpose of this study was to determine the factors associated with fractures by skiing accident. SUBJECT: We evaluated 566 patients with ski injuries who visited to the emergency post located in the YongPyong Ski Resorts from Nov. 1996 to Feb. 1997. Among the patients,379 patients had no fracture(group I) and 187 patients had fracture(group II). RESULT: There was no differences in mean age and sex ratio between two groups. Fractures of the lower extremities were more common than the upper extremities. Slipping was the most common injury mechanism. arming-up was done in 40% of group I and in 17% of group II. The fracture injuries were more common in the skier with intermediate(45%) skill than the beginner(29%) and the ones with advanced skill(12%). The slope with intermediate difficulty was the most frequent site of fracture accidents. The fracture group tended to choose the slope beyond their skiing ability.
Our results suggest that fracture during skiing can be prevented if skiers do warming-up prior to skiing and choose slope appropriate to their skiing skill.
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