DYNAMIQ IN THE NEWS: SNOW INJURIES IN JAPAN ON THE RISE
Emergency Operations Centre sees spike in skiing and snowboarding injuries in Japan
Emergency Operations Centre Team Leader - Michael Good
From December 2014 to February 2015, 26 percent of Dynamiq's snow injury medical cases occurred in Japan. In the same period from 2016 to 2017, this rose to 34 percent.
This increase is likely due to an abundance of cheap flights to the country.
The most common serious cases we’re seeing include injuries to the knees (MCL, ACL), legs (tibia, fibia), and also shoulders and collarbones. We also see instances of fractured spine, ribs, facial bones, pelvis and brain injuries.
While the United States hospitals can be extremely expensive, Japan takes a conservative view on surgery and hospitalisation which can also lead to hefty medical bills.
In many cases, Japanese hospitals will keep patients as an inpatient for physiotherapy following surgery over the course of three or more weeks, rather than discharging the patient three to five days post-surgery such as in Australia and Canada.
This extended stay can mean a significant increase in the associated medical costs and may lead to the traveller overstaying their original visa.
Dynamiq recommends travelers to Japan, who are planning to ski, undertake regular exercise prior to travel. A range of leg exercises such as lunges and squats with basic stretching will prepare your body for the slopes and reduce your chance of injury.
Ski/snow stats for injuries by country
Dec 2014 - Feb 2015
United States 23
Dec 2015 - Feb 2016
United States 20
Dec 2016 - Feb 2017
United States 22
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