Mountain mortality: a review of deaths that occur during recreational activities in the mountains


Windsor, J.S., Firth, P.G., Grocott, M.P., Rodway, G.W. and Montgomery, H.E. (2009) Mountain mortality: a review of deaths that occur during recreational activities in the mountains Postgraduate Medical Journal, 85, (1004), pp. 316-321. (doi:10.1136/pgmj.2009.078824). (PMID:19528307).

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The growing popularity of activities such as hiking, climbing, skiing and snowboarding has ensured that the number of visitors to mountain environments continues to increase. Since such areas place enormous physical demands on individuals, it is inevitable that deaths will occur. Differences in the activities, conditions and methods of calculation make meaningful mortality rates difficult to obtain. However, it is clear that the mortality rate for some mountain activities is comparable to hang gliding, parachuting, boxing and other pastimes that are traditionally viewed as dangerous. Deaths in the mountains are most commonly due to trauma, high altitude illness, cold injury, avalanche burial and sudden cardiac death. This review describes the mortality rates of those who undertake recreational activities in the mountains and examines the aetiology that lies behind them.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1136/pgmj.2009.078824
ISSNs: 0032-5473 (print)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Organisations: Human Development & Health
ePrint ID: 348922
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June 2009Published
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2013 10:13
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 15:58
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/348922

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