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Injury and Illness in College Outdoor Education (Jan 2011)

Injury and Illness in College Outdoor Education - Study Published

The current issue of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine (Vol 21, Num4, 2010), the official publication for the Wilderness Medical Society, has an article titled “Injury and Illness in College Outdoor Education” by Flavio Gaudio MD and colleagues, that describes incident rates at Cornell Outdoor Education and makes comparisons to injury rates in traditional college sports.

This is the first data I’ve seen published in a medical journal from college programs and a welcome addition to the epidemiology literature for wilderness activities. For our participants who want to make informed decisions on program risk this transparency is essential.

The common injuries reported, not surprisingly, are sprains, strains and soft tissue wounds. The common illnesses are allergic reactions, asthma and gastroenteritis. This is different from expedition incident reports, and reminds us to pay attention to the context of a study before we extrapolate it’s results to our individual program.

There is a favorable comparison of college outdoor education activities to college sports, something we always thought was the case, but here there is evidence supporting the assumption.

The authors comment that “Knowing the nature and prevalence of injuries and illness in any athletic program is the first step towards allocating resources and educational efforts to decrease such incidents.” A discussion on the number of incidents, from spilled hot water burns to knife cuts and likely hygiene caused gastroenteritis points to food preparation as a focus for attention and speaks to how Cornell Outdoor Education is managing this, and other identified areas of risk.

I've been an advocate of publishing incident data for decades, both to inform ourselves and inform our participants and the public. This is another step in the right direction.

Cordially

Tod Schimelpfenig

Curriculum Director - WMI of NOLS

Jan 2011


Wilderness and Environmental Medicine
Volume 21, Issue 4, Pages 363-370 (December 2010)
Injury and Illness in College Outdoor Education
Flavio G.Gaudio, MD, Peter W.Greenwald, MD, Mark Holton, PhD
www.wemjournal.org
(The full article is accessible only for people who are members of the Wilderness Medical Society or those organizations with a Science Direct or Journals Consult license).

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