An epidemic of roller-blade injuries in children.
Roller blading is a new and increasingly popular leisure activity in many countries.
We reviewed 110 consecutive patients with roller-blade injuries between 1 January and 30 June 1996.
The patients ranged from 4 to 14 years in age (mean 6.5 years).
Eighty-three (75.4%) sustained injuries to the upper limb and 27 (24.5%) injured the lower limb.
Fifty-six patients were girls and 54 were boys.
Of the 110 patients, 79 (72.7%) sustained fractures, 28 (25.4%) soft tissue injuries and 3 (2.7%) dislocations.
Eighty-three (75.4%) of the patients wore no protective equipment on the limbs.
Four months following injury 103 (93.6%) patients were fully recovered.
The mean duration of school absence was 3 days.
Subsequently 101 children returned to using roller-blades following injury.
Seventy-three (66.3%) of these now use protective equipment.
We found that injuries were unrelated to age or duration of roller-blading experience or to the brand-name of roller blades used, and that most of our patients wore no protective equipment at the time of injury.
Mots-clés Pascal : Traumatisme, Membre, Enfant, Homme, Epidémiologie, Etude longitudinale, Symptomatologie, Exercice physique, Dispositif protection, Membre inférieur, Membre supérieur, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Peau pathologie, Juxtaarticulaire pathologie, Patin à roulettes
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Trauma, Limb, Child, Human, Epidemiology, Follow up study, Symptomatology, Physical exercise, Protective device, Lower limb, Upper limb, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Skin disease, Juxtaarticular disease
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Cote : 98-0057050
Code Inist : 002B16H. Création : 14/05/1998.