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Roller skating--is it a dangerous sport?
  1. P Y Tse,
  2. W Y Shen,
  3. K M Chan,
  4. P C Leung
  1. Department of Orthopaedic & Traumatic Surgery, Chinese University of Hong Kong.


    A prospective survey of 111 cases of roller skating injuries within one year are reported. Males were more commonly injured than females. There was a high incidence (86%) of serious injuries, 28% of which required surgical treatment. The wrist (23%) was the commonest region involved, followed by the shoulder (20%), the elbow (15%) and the ankle (12%). Collision with other skaters and loss of control were the main factors leading to injury. Better rink discipline, instruction classes and safety publicity should be helpful in minimising accidents.

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