Title: Hiking injuries sustained in Polish Bieszczady and Tatra Mountains


With the increasing popularity of hiking, the risk of injuries rises. In this study 491 (Me 35 years, 18-72) randomly picked tourists were given a questionnaire survey. Additionally data from Tatra Volunteer Search and Rescue (TOPR) were retrieved for a period of 2012-2013. Injury frequency was established at 8.9% (in a period of 3 years). The frequency was higher in Tatras then in Bieszczady (13.3% vs 4.5%). Knee joints were most likely to be injured (56% of all trauma) often in a form of muscle strains and bruises (contusions). Analysis of the injury causes showed that the older tourists were more likely to point to environment factors such as slippery terrain and falls (uneven ground, protruding rocks). Younger tourists sought the causes in the equipment. TOPR data analysis contained 844 cases (Me 36, 18-90). Majority of those cases (80.1%) were defined as hiking (trekking) injuries. Significant correlations, in terms of weather conditions and causes of injuries, were found in reference the age and sex of the injured tourists. Analysis showed that men were more likely to be involved in dangerous activities and their traumas are associated with the most expensive and time consuming TOPR operations. Further data remodelling allowed to identify injury causes with highest predictive value (for suffering a major trauma or death).

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2 - studia doktoranckie

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Uniwersytet Jagielloński. Collegium Medicum. Wydział Nauk o Zdrowiu.


Edward Czerwiński

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ZB-129166 May 24, 2021


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