publication . Article . 2010

Are current back protectors suitable to prevent spinal injury in recreational snowboarders?

K.-U. Schmitt; B. Liechti; F. I. Michel; R. Stampfli; P. A. Bruhwiler;
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  • Published: 20 Jul 2010 Journal: British Journal of Sports Medicine, volume 44, pages 822-826 (issn: 0306-3674, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: BMJ
Abstract
Objective Back protectors for snowboarders were analysed with respect to their potential to prevent spinal injury. Design In 20 Swiss skiing resorts, athletes were interviewed on the slope. In addition, an online survey was conducted. The performance of 12 commercially available back protectors was investigated by means of mechanical testing. A currently used drop test according to standard EN1621 (motorcycle protectors), testing energy damping was supplemented by penetration tests according to standard EN1077, which reflects snowsport safety concerns. Results 6 out of 12 back protectors fulfilled the higher safety level defined in EN1621. Protectors making use ...
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Medical Subject Headings: embryonic structureshuman activities
free text keywords: Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, General Medicine, Health protection, Materials testing, Spinal cord injury, medicine.disease, medicine, Spinal injury, business.industry, business, Injury prevention, Physical therapy, medicine.medical_specialty, Accident prevention, Recreation, Occupational safety and health, Physical medicine and rehabilitation
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