Comprehensive Review of Skiing and Snowboarding Injuries

Brett D. Owens, MD; Christopher Nacca, MD; Andrew P. Harris, MD; Ross J. Feller, MD


J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2018;26(1):e1-e10. 

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Skiing and snowboarding are among the most popular winter sports worldwide, and snowboarding has experienced the largest recent increase in participation.[1] Although injuries sustained by skiers and snowboarders can occur in other sports, the environment, equipment, and pathomechanics of skiing and snowboarding lead to a unique spectrum of injuries. Recent developments in equipment and prevention measures have helped to reduce the incidence of injuries related to skiing and snowboarding. Improvements in wrist guards, knee braces, and binding design have contributed to this reduction in upper and lower extremity trauma. Future research likely will be focused on injury prevention training programs and the continued evolution of equipment with protective properties.