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Evaluation of skiing and snowboarding injuries sustained in terrain parks versus traditional slopes
  1. M Alison Brooks1,
  2. Michael D Evans2,
  3. Frederick P Rivara3
  1. 1Department of Orthopaedics and Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
  2. 2Department of Biostatistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
  3. 3Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr M Alison Brooks, 621 Science Drive, Madison, WI 53711-1047, USA; brooks{at}


This study compares skiing and snowboarding injuries in terrain parks versus slopes at two ski areas, 2000–05. A total of 3953 (26.7%) injuries occurred in terrain parks, predominantly among young male snowboarders. Terrain park injuries were more likely to be severe, involving head (RR 1.31, 95% CI 1.16 to 1.48) or back (RR 1.96, 95% CI 1.67 to 2.29).

  • Snow sports
  • injury
  • snow skiing
  • recreation

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  • Funding The project was supported in part by Grant # R49 CE000221, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and by Award Number K12 HD055894 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, or the National Institutes of Health.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the University of Washington.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.