The California Mountain Resort Safety Report is the first study of its kind conducted to survey mountain and trail safety measures observed at California mountain resorts. The Report is intended for multiple audiences to provide an overview of some of the safety policies and practices used to reduce the potential for serious injuries caused by trail hazards at California resorts.
PATRON SAFETY AT CALIFORNIA SNOW SPORT FACILITIES
An Analysis of the Current State of and Potential Opportunities for Safety Improvement
Based on Observation, Stakeholder Perspective and Limited Available Data
More people are hurt snowboarding than any other Winter outdoor activity, accounting for a quarter of emergency room visits, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study in the journal Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. Almost 213,000 people were treated each year in emergency departments for outdoor recreational injuries from 2004 to 2005. Of those injured, about 109,000 (51.5 percent) were young people between the ages of 10 and 24. Snowboarding (25.5 percent), sledding (10.8 percent) and hiking (6.3 percent) are associated with the highest percentage of injuries requiring emergency department visits. To view the press release, visit http://www.cdc.gov/media/ and click on New CDC Study First to Present National Outdoor Recreational Injury Estimates, Press Release, June 10, 2008.
Among skiers and snowboarders, higher speeds and more jumps and acrobatics are leading to a sharp rise in serious head and spinal injuries, according to a systematic review in the December 2007 issue of Injury Prevention. In one study, traumatic brain injury rose from 12 percent to 15 percent among skiers and from 1,000 to 5,200 per year among snowboarders from 1992 to 1997. In another study, spinal cord injury skyrocketed 130 percent among children and 407 percent among adolescents over the 21-year period from 1972-73 to 1993-94. The occurrence rate of both spinal cord and traumatic brain injury appears to be increasing worldwide because of higher speeds and more jumps and acrobatics leading to more falls and collisions, found Charles H. Tator, M.D., Ph.D., of Toronto Western Hospital, and his colleagues. Source: MedPage Today, December 4, 2007 http://www.medpagetoday.com/Neurology/GeneralNeurology/tb/7578
To read the study’s abstract, visit: http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/13/6/368