Skimboard injuries

David Merriman, Kelly Carmichael, Soo C. Battle

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Background: Skimboarding is a recreational activity performed in shallow water in a beach setting. Methods: We reviewed patient records from our emergency department for a 52-month period and identified 79 patients with skimboard-related injuries. Results: Mean age of patients was 15.2 years; 73.4% presented with a fracture. Lower-extremity fractures were found 63.8% of the time, and upper extremity were found 36.2%. Distal radius fractures were the most common (61.9%) upper-extremity fracture, and ankle fractures were the most common (83.8%) lower-extremity fracture. The prevalence of fractures sustained while skimboarding was compared with that of other published series of recreational activities, including trampoline injuries, and was found to be higher. Conclusions: Skimboarding is a sport in which injuries occur by the sudden deceleration of the board as it transitions from water to land or from falls into shallow water. The lower-extremity fracture prevalence is much higher than in similar sports such as skateboarding and surfing. The prevalence of fracture is also higher than that found in trampolinerelated injury reports.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)487-490
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2008


  • Skateboarding
  • Skimboarding
  • Surfing
  • Trampoline
  • Upper
  • and lower
  • extremity fractures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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