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Management of injuries in snowboarders: rehabilitation and return to activity

Authors Helmig K, Treme G, Richter D

Received 16 April 2018

Accepted for publication 11 July 2018

Published 11 October 2018 Volume 2018:9 Pages 221—231

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OAJSM.S146716

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Editor who approved publication: Prof. Dr. Andreas Imhoff


Kathryn Helmig, Gehron Treme, Dustin Richter

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA

Abstract: Snowboarding has seen a continuous increase in popularity, leading to an increase in the number of snowboarding injuries seen in orthopedic practice. Upper-extremity injuries are more common than lower-extremity, spine, and pelvis injuries. In this review, we focus on the most common snowboarding injuries of the extremities, spine, and pelvis and provide an overview of their respective rehabilitation and return-to-sport protocols. Despite many of the injuries seen in snowboarding also occurring in other sports, objective data about rehabilitation and return to sport are lacking for many injuries. This provides an opportunity for research in the area with regard to many sports and many different injuries.

Keywords:
snow sports, return to sport, physical therapy, rehab, wrist injuries, lower extremity, spine, pelvis

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