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This project examined the use of wrist guards in snowsports in individuals who suffered an upper limb injury and attended for medical assistance in two Australian resorts in Jul. 2010 and their associated attitudes and beliefs around either their decision to use or not to use such equipment. For all 40 wrist fractures distance of the fracture from the wrist joint was recorded and any difference in the average distance of the fracture site from the wrist between those wearing a guard and those not wearing a guard was determined by analysis of variance. Data was entered into PASW 18.0 for Mac for analysis. Chi-squared tests were conducted to explore between-group differences in questionnaire response data. No significant difference in the anatomical site of upper limb fractures from those wearing guards versus those not wearing guards was found. This study does not support the suggestion that wrist guard use shifts the site of fracture further up the upper limb.
Snow sports, upper limb injury, fracture
Waddington, Gordon Stuart
Professor, Faculty of Health Univ. of Canberra, Univ. of Canberra,
Dickson, Tracey J.
Associate Professor, Faculty of Business and Government Univ. of Canberra, Univ. of Canberra,
Trathen, Stephen D.
Faculty of Arts and Design Univ. of Canberra, Univ. of Canberra,
Postgraduate Student, Faculty of Health Univ. of Canberra, Univ. of Canberra,