Motocross injuries in pediatric and adolescent patients

Amy L. McIntosh, Christy M. Christophersen

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Motocross is a popular sport in which participants ride a two-wheeled, motorized vehicle on an uneven 2-km track with natural or human-made obstacles. Participants compete at high rates of speed, and children as young as age 4 years compete in age-appropriate groups. Motocross is recognized as a strenuous sport with a high accident rate. Most injuries are musculoskeletal in nature. The most commonly injured areas are the forearm, clavicle, femur, and tibia. Many injuries require surgical treatment. Some patients sustain head trauma with loss of consciousness. Children should have age-appropriate training before participation is allowed. Adult supervision should occur at all times. Appropriate helmet fitting with assistance from an expert is associated with a decreased risk of concussion symptoms. Parents and coaches need to weigh the benefits of participation with the frequency of injuries, missed academic time, and the cost of medical treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-165
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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