Injuries to the head and face sustained while surfboard riding

Simon J Dimmick, Patrick V Sheehan, Mark Gillett and Suzanne E Anderson
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10006
Published online: 20 May 2013

To the Editor: Surfboard riding is an iconic pastime in Australia. Injuries to the head and face constitute a considerable proportion of surfing injuries;1-5 26% of acute surfing injuries are to the head and face, and these make up 42% of emergency department presentations by surfers.3

  • Simon J Dimmick1,2
  • Patrick V Sheehan1
  • Mark Gillett3
  • Suzanne E Anderson2

  • 1 Department of Radiology, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 Emergency Department, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, NSW.



We thank Cameron Sutton (radiographer, Royal North Shore Hospital) for providing the surfboard photographs. This study was funded by a grant from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists.

Competing interests:

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