Upper extremity fractures are common among all age groups, and distal radius fractures are the most prevalent type of fracture among individuals younger than 75 [1]. In 1999 the US Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated that approximately 117,000 emergency room visits were the result of a fall event at a playground [2]. The increased popularity of activities such as inline skating, snowboarding and skateboarding in the aging population has been correlated with increased numbers of upper extremity fractures, as these activities have a high fracture risk [3]. While personal protective equipment such as wrist guards and elbow pads may alter fracture risk, little is known about fall biomechanics and the effects of a fall arrest on the upper extremity.

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