Penetrating sledding injuries to the lower torso - 2 case reports

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Sledding accidents are frequent and vary in severity.Penetrating sledding injuries are uncommon but may be devastating. Snow-racers - sleds with both steering and braking devices - may be associated with an increased rate of injury. The authors present 2 cases of lower-torso penetrating trauma associated with the use of snow-racers. Both cases involved penetration - of the perineum in one case and the inguinal area in the other - by wooden sticks. Both patients recovered fully after prompt surgical intervention. The authors suggest that the absence of a protective panel at the front of the snow-racer may result in the sledder's lower torso being more exposed to objects encountered while sledding. The injuries reported raise concerns about the safety of modern sleds and the possibility that design changes are needed.

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