SUNDAY, March 6 (HealthDay News) -- Sledding is the most common
cause of injury among winter sports enthusiasts, according to an
orthopedic surgeon who made a list of the top five injury-causing
"More than 700,000 injuries are reported each year in the United States due to sledding. More than 30 percent are head injuries caused by collisions," Dr. Daryl O'Connor, a sports medicine specialist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, Ill., part of the Loyola University Health System, said in a Loyola news release.
The others in the top five are:
- Hockey: "Lacerations, as well as neck, shoulder and knee
injuries are common in hockey. Many injuries are caused through
contact with another player, the ice, a pack or actual skate
blade," O'Conner reports.
- Ice skating: "Injuries to the wrist as well as head and neck
are common and most injuries are caused by falls."
- Snowboarding: "Wrist and elbow injuries are caused by falls on
- Skiing: "Knees really take a pounding and injury is often
caused by extreme twisting force propelled by the skis."
O'Connor also warned about the dangers of skitching, where a
person grabs a car's rear bumper and slides on the soles of the
shoes, or is pulled by ropes on inner tubes or sleds through icy
"This is not even a sport, it's just being foolish," he said. "In addition to broken bones, neck and shoulder injuries, young people can suffer fatal head trauma."
The Nemours Foundation offers
sledding safety tips.