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Self reported injury patterns among competitive curlers in the United States: a preliminary investigation into the epidemiology of curling injuries
  1. J C Reeser1,
  2. R L Berg2
  1. 1Department of Physical Medicine, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisconsin, USA
  2. 2Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Jonathan Reeser
 Marshfield Clinic, Department of Physical Medicine, 1000 North Oak Avenue, Marshfield, WI 54449, USA; reeser.jonathan{at}marshfieldclinic.org

Abstract

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.

  • curling
  • injury epidemiology
  • sports medicine
  • winter sports
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