Orthopaedic injuries associated with skimboarding

Kathryn H. Sciarretta, Matthew J. McKenna, Anthony I. Riccio

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Background: Skimboarding is a beachside water sport that is enjoying increasing popularity among both dedicated enthusiasts and casual beachgoers. Although many consider this sport to be similar to its "sister" sport, surfing, the technique, the environment in which it is performed, and the skills required differ dramatically from that of surfing. Moreover, the pattern of injuries seen in skimboarders differs substantially from those sustained while surfing. Hypothesis: A better understanding of the injuries encountered in this sport will allow improved participant education and facilitate the implementation of preventative measures. Study Design: Descriptive epidemiology study. Methods: A case series was generated by performing a single retrospective chart review of skimboarding injuries referred for orthopaedic evaluation over a 2-year period at 2 medical treatment facilities, one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast of the United States; demographic data, injury type, and treatments rendered were documented. Results: Sixty-one patients were identified and analyzed. Average patient age was 19.1 years. Fractures represented 93.4% of all acute injuries. The most common sites of injury were the ankle (41%) and wrist (36%). Rotation about a planted lower extremity was the most common mechanism of injury (30/61, 49%), followed by falls onto an outstretched hand (26/61, 43%). Conclusion: Fractures of the ankle and wrist comprise a high proportion of skimboarding injuries. Knowledge of potential hazards associated with this sport should be made available to participants. To decrease the risk of orthopaedic injury, the use of protective equipment or instruction in proper techniques of the activity may be warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1425-1428
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2009


  • Fracture
  • Injury pattern
  • Injury prevention
  • Skimboarding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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