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Ringette-Related Injuries in Young Female Players

Keays, Glenn MS*; Gagnon, Isabelle PhD†,‡,§,¶; Friedman, Debbie BSc, MS*,‡,§

Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: July 2014 - Volume 24 - Issue 4 - p 326–330
doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000049
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Objective: To document the injuries sustained during organized ringette games.

Design: Retrospective data.

Setting: Canadian Children's Hospital Emergency Department.

Patients: Information reported by the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting Prevention Program on the injuries of 494 female ringette players (age, 10-17 years) between 2004 and 2010.

Assessment of Risk Factors: The injuries (types, body part, and mechanisms) presenting to emergency departments were compared between the 4 levels of minor organized ringette.

Main Outcome Measures: Proportions of injuries by diagnosis, body site, and mechanisms.

Results: The common injuries noted were contusions and head injuries, fractures of the upper extremities, and contusions to both lower and upper extremities. Hospitalizations after injury were rare (1.0%). Body contacts, intentional or incidental, accounted for 63% of all injuries. The actual ringette (rubber ring) was not involved in any injury.

Conclusions: Even though all types of contact are forbidden in ringette, our research showed that in minor leagues, a significant proportion of the injuries were caused by body contact. As with regular ice hockey, enforcing policies regarding contacts, use of proper equipment, good maintenance (ice conditions should be checked regularly), and proper skill training should help diminish these types of injuries.

*Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting Prevention Program, Montreal Children's Hospital, McGill University Health Centre;

School of Physical and Occupational Therapy;

Department Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University; and

§Trauma; and

Child Development, Montreal Children's Hospital, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Corresponding Author: Glenn Keays, MS, CHIRPP, Montreal Children's Hospital, McGill Health Centre, 2300 Tupper, Room CB-27 Montreal, Quebec, H3H1P3, Canada (glenn@keays.ca).

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Received September 19, 2012

Accepted September 19, 2013

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins