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Brain trauma on increase among skiers

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The incidence of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries caused by skiing and snowboarding has increased, according to research drawing from studies published over 15 years.
A report pooled data from 24 internationally published articles on the topic between 1990 and the end of 2004.

Findings from one article indicated that the percentage of head injuries among skiers increased from 12% to 15% between 1993 and 1997. Over the same period, the number of snowboarders suffering head injuries increased five-fold.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) was the leading cause of death among skiers and the risk of ski fatality was 0.5-1.96 per million skier visits.

TBI accounted for 50-88% of fatalities at ski resorts, according to the research and snowboarders were 66% more likely to sustain injuries than skiers.

Injury Prevention (2007) 13: 368-375
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