Sledging is still a seasonal source of serious injury in Scottish children

L A Regan, J G Cooper

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In 2002 it was highlighted that sledging results in serious injuries in the paediatric population and safety recommendations were made. The aim of this study was to re-examine the number, severity and aetiology of sledging-related trauma. This was a retrospective study performed in the Paediatric Emergency Department (PED) of the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital (RACH) during two periods totalling 12 days, when there was continuous snow ground cover. Records of all attendances were scrutinized to identify patients with sledging injuries. The nature, mechanism and severity of injury, and subsequent management were then analysed. Of 403 PED attendances, 45 (11%) were sledging related with 16 (36%) fractures and 13 (29%) head injuries. Eight patients (18%) were admitted to hospital and three (7%) required an operation. Collision with a stationary object was the most common reason for injury (51%), followed by the adoption of a dangerous sledging position or use of a stationary jump. No patients were wearing a helmet. In conclusion, there has been little change in the epidemiology and aetiology of paediatric sledging injuries since 2002. Work is needed to inform parents of the previously recommended safety measures that could reduce the morbidity of this activity without detracting from the enjoyment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-190
Number of pages3
JournalScottish Medical Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011


  • adolescent
  • child
  • child, preschool
  • craniocerebral trauma
  • female
  • fractures, bone
  • humans
  • male
  • retrospective studies
  • Scotland
  • snow sports
  • soft tissue injuries


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