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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2000 September;40(3):247-53


In-­line skat­ing: inju­ries and pre­ven­tion

Heitkamp H.-C., Horstmann T., Schalinski H.

Medical Clinic and Polyclinic, Department of Sports Medicine, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

Background. Most ­reports on in-­line skat­ing inju­ries ­describe ­severe inju­ries admit­ted to inju­ry clin­ics. Little is ­known ­about the over­all ­rate of inju­ry and the con­tri­bu­tion of the dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines.
Methods. In a ret­ro­spec­tive ­inquiry ­data on inju­ries ­were ­obtained of 105 in-­line skat­ers of ­whose 69% ­were ­active in fit­ness skat­ing, 59% in jump­ing/grind­ing and 51% in the half­pipe. Beside the ­nature, loca­tion and ­degree of the inju­ry, infor­ma­tion was giv­en on ­where the inju­ry hap­pened and wheth­er pro­tec­tors ­were ­worn at the ­time of inju­ry.
Results. Of 197 inju­ries 145 ­healed with­out med­i­cal treat­ment, 28 need­ed med­i­cal ­advice ­once, 22 sev­er­al ­times and 2 need­ed hos­pi­tal­isa­tion. Injury loca­tion ­were 38% in the ­upper, 31% in the low­er extrem­ities, 21% in the hip/pel­vis ­region and 10% on the ­head. The ­most fre­quent inju­ries per­tained to con­cus­sions and ­skin ­lesions, 35% ­each, fol­lowed by lig­a­ment inju­ries ­with 10% and frac­tures ­with 5%. Simple inju­ries ­were 83% in fit­ness skat­ing, 70% in jump­ing/grind­ing and 60% in the half­pipe. Several vis­its ­were nec­es­sary for 4% of fit­ness skat­ers, 10% of jump­ers/ grind­ers and 23% in half­pipe ­injured per­sons. All ­four pro­tec­tors ­were ­worn at the ­time of inju­ry by 5% in fit­ness skat­ing, 18% in jump­ing/grind­ing and 55% in the half­pipe. No pro­tec­tors ­were ­worn in 26% of the fit­ness inju­ries, in 9% jump­ing/grind­ing and in 6% in the half­pipe.
Conclusions. The ­results ­reveal an appar­ent dis­ci­pline spe­cif­ic ­degree of dan­ger and ­that fit­ness in-­line skat­ing is ­less dan­ger­ous ­than the result­ing ben­e­fits for pre­ven­tive med­i­cine.

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