Motocross versus motorcycle injury patterns: A retrospective National Trauma Databank analysis

Motocross continues to grow in popularity as a recreational activity, but one that holds high risk of injury. In this study, the authors examine the epidemiology of motocross collisions and describe the associated injury patterns and outcomes as compared to those sustained in motorcycle collisions. Subjects are identified through the National Trauma Databank (NTDB). Variables are measured using the Abbreviated Injury Scale and Injury Severity Score and outcomes measured include mortality, ventilation days, intensive care unit length of stay and hospital length of stay. The study's findings show overall mortality to be significantly lower in the motocross group versus the motorcycle group. Motocross users are found to be more likely to wear protective devices such as helmets, and they experience less frequent and less severe head injuries than motorcycle riders. The authors suggest that wearing a helmet is associated with increased survival for riders overall.


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  • Accession Number: 01747015
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 12 2019 12:25PM