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Half pipe snowboarding: an (un)forgettable experience or an increasing risk for head injury?
  1. G P Rajan1,
  2. R Zellweger2
  1. 1Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, Perth, WA, Australia
  2. 2Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Rajan
 Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Verdun Street, Nedlands, WA 6009, Australia;


The case is presented of a professional half pipe snowboarder with a large post-traumatic subdural haematoma, which allowed close to normal functioning and socialisation. It is an example of a potentially life threatening sports injury in an increasingly commercialised and popular winter sport. It highlights that a knowledge of injury patterns and a high level of suspicion should be maintained in the treatment of snowboarding injuries.

  • snowboarding
  • head trauma
  • subdural haematoma
  • burr hole trepanation

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