Do Wrist Guards Have the Potential to Protect Against Wrist Injuries in Bicycling, Micro Scooter Riding, and Monkey Bar Play?

This paper reports on a study to test the potential of wrist guards in preventing wrist injury in recreational activities that require good grip strength and hand dexterity. These activities include bicycle riding, micro scooter riding, and playing on monkey bars. The authors chose or devised tests based on findings from a literature review on the effects of orthoses use and hand function. Forty-eight Melbourne children aged 5-8 years old volunteered for the tests. Results showed that wearing wrist guards significantly reduced grip strength, bicycle steering, and performance on a monkey bar. This reduced grip strength could potentially increase fall-related injuries to non-protected body parts. Micro scooter steering was not significantly affected by the use of wrist guards. The findings indicate that wrist guards designed for skating are not recommended for bicycle riding and playing on climbing apparatus. Further research is needed to investigate the suitability of wrist guards for micro scooter riding.

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  • Authors:
    • Cassell, E
    • Ashby, K
    • Gunatilaka, A
    • Clapperton, A
  • Publication Date: 2005-8


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01003396
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 25 2005 10:45PM