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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
The Suttie Centre, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen,
Senior Lecturer, General Practitioner, The Suttie Centre, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen,