Roller skating accidents and injuries

Elias D. Sedlin, David T. Zitner, George McGinniss

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A consecutive series of 65 fractures, dislocations, and ligament tears produced by roller skating accidents treated by the Orthopaedic Department of the Mt. Sinai Services at City Hospital Center of Elmhurst, New York, is reviewed. It was learned that the injuries resulting from collisions occurring in a skating rink were more serious than those resulting from street accidents. Data indicated that lack of expertise is a prominent factor in the production of serious injury. However, the sport has inherent risk which is not eliminated by expertise. It was concluded that roller skating can and does produce disabling injuries. In order to reduce the number of injuries it will be required to reduce crowding in rinks, designate separate beginners’ areas, use training wheels or clampon-type of skates when learning, encourage lessons, and separate beginners in the rinks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-139
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1984
Externally publishedYes


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