Speeds of pediatric snowsport participants: insights for injury prevention strategies

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Abstract

Building upon previous research into the speeds of adult snowsport participants, this research sought to investigate the maximum speeds attained by pediatric snowsport participants across their snowsport session. Speeds were recorded using a GPS-based data-logging device that enabled recording of speeds, distance travelled and duration. From over 700 h of data, the average maximum-recorded speed was 44.1 km/h. While there was a significant difference in the average maximum speeds across four levels of experience, there was no significant difference between the average maximum speeds of females and males (42.5 km/h cf. 42.4 km/h), or between alpine skiers and snowboarders (43.8 km/h cf. 40.0 km/h). As noted in previous snowsport speeds research with adults, the average maximum speeds of the pediatric snowsport participants exceed the testing protocols of all current helmet standards in use.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSkiing Trauma and Safety
Subtitle of host publication20th Volume
EditorsJasper E. Shealy, Richard M. Greenwald, Robert J. Johnson
Place of PublicationPennsylvania, USA
PublisherASTM International
Pages141-149
Number of pages9
VolumeSTP 1582
ISBN (Electronic)9780803176096
ISBN (Print)9780803176096
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Event20th International Society for Skiing Safety Congress - Bariloche, Bariloche, Argentina
Duration: 4 Aug 201310 Aug 2013

Conference

Conference20th International Society for Skiing Safety Congress
CountryArgentina
CityBariloche
Period4/08/1310/08/13

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    DICKSON, T., TRATHEN, S., & WADDINGTON, G. (2015). Speeds of pediatric snowsport participants: insights for injury prevention strategies. In J. E. Shealy, R. M. Greenwald, & R. J. Johnson (Eds.), Skiing Trauma and Safety: 20th Volume (Vol. STP 1582, pp. 141-149). ASTM International. https://doi.org/10.1520/STP158220140016