Self reported injury patterns among competitive curlers in the United States: a preliminary investigation into the epidemiology of curling injuries
- 1Department of Physical Medicine, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisconsin, USA
- 2Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation
- Correspondence to: Dr Jonathan Reeser Marshfield Clinic, Department of Physical Medicine, 1000 North Oak Avenue, Marshfield, WI 54449, USA;
- Accepted 6 January 2004
Objective: To investigate the injury patterns among competitive curlers.
Methods: Participants at two curling championship events were asked to complete injury history questionnaires.
Results: 76 curlers (39%) participated; 79% of these reported curling related musculoskeletal pain, most commonly involving the knee (54%), back (33%), and shoulder (20%). Sweeping and delivering the stone were most likely to provoke symptoms. Time loss injuries were estimated to occur at a rate of 2 per 1000 athlete exposures.
Conclusions: Curling appears to be a relatively safe winter sport. Prospective studies are needed to confirm these preliminary findings and to further define the risk factors for curling related injuries.