Implications of Wrist Guard Use on Wrist Injuries in Pediatric Snowboarders: A Retrospective Case Series

    Published: Nov 2012

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    This retrospective case series aimed to describe the relationship between wearing wrist guards and sustaining a wrist injury amongst pediatric snowboarders (defined as snowboarders aged 17 years and under). Data were collected via a National Incident Database over a 5-yr period (2006–2010) from patients seen at a single accident and medical clinic in New Zealand. In total, 174 wrist injuries occurring in 171 pediatric patients were identified. 30 individuals (18 %) were wearing wrist guards. The following factors were commonly seen in those with a pediatric wrist injury: teenage age (14–17 years), male sex, a falling injury, and hard snow. Poor visibility was not associated with wrist injuries. A slightly higher percentage of fractures (compared to sprains) were seen in children who did wear wrist guards.


    wrist injuries, wrist guards, children, snowboarding

    Author Information:

    Engel, N.
    The Suttie Centre, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen,

    Langran, M.
    Senior Lecturer, General Practitioner, The Suttie Centre, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen,

    Aviemore Medical Practice, Aviemore,

    Committee/Subcommittee: F27.30

    DOI: 10.1520/STP104513

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