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Title: Injuries, ill-health and fatalities in white water rafting and white water paddling
Authors: Wilson, Iain
McDermott, Hilary
Munir, Fehmidah
Hogervorst, Eef
Keywords: Adventure tourism
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © Springer International
Citation: WILSON, I. ... et al., 2013. Injuries, ill-health and fatalities in white water rafting and white water paddling. Sports Medicine, 43 (1), pp. 65 - 75.
Abstract: White Water (WW) activities such as paddling (canoeing and kayaking) and rafting are popular sports for recreational and professional participants. An increase in participation has been seen worldwide. However, these activities come with a risk of injury and even death if not conducted safely. A review was conducted to identify the types of injuries and ill-health which occur as a result of these activities. Injury and fatality rates were assessed to establish the risk attributed to these activities. Web of Science, PubMed, Ergonomics Abstracts and PsycINFO databases were searched and a total of sixteen published articles were identified and reviewed. The shoulders and back were the most vulnerable sites for injury in WW paddling. Injuries to the face and lower limbs were most common in WW rafters. However, injury rates are low and estimates are discussed. Due to different methods used across the studies, the reported injury rates are not comparable. Illnesses have been reported in WW activity participants including gastrointestinal illnesses and surfer’s ear. A relative paucity of studies regarding injuries and fatalities in WW activities was identified. Directions for future research are suggested and discussed.
Description: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40279-012-0007-8.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1007/s40279-012-0007-8
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/17194
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40279-012-0007-8
ISSN: 0112-1642
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