Every year, millions of people drive to ski slopes, skating rinks and frozen ponds to enjoy a few hours of skating, sledding, skiing, ice hockey, and the other winter sports. Along with those great times, though, come common winter sports injuries could be prohibited with the right safety precautions.
In the United States, 3.8 million people suffered winter sports injuries in 2013. Millions more suffered in the other winter hotspots like Canada and Iceland. Sledding was the most common cause of injury, resulting in 700,000 cases per year, but skiing, ice skating, hockey and snowboarding sent sports fanatics to the ER as well. For skiers alone, it is estimated that the injury rates are approximately 2.5-3.0 per 1000 skier-days. Women and children appear to be at slightly higher risk than men.
Winter sports injury treatment market is growing gradually as there are increasing incidences of snow sports related injuries, awareness among athletes to maintain their fitness levels, health consciousness among the individual to protect their joints and ligaments from over strain injuries and various sports clubs are the major factors driving the growth of the winter sports market. Whereas, high cost of treatment by sports physiotherapists reduces the awareness regarding various treatment products available in the market and issues related to compensation are some of the major factors acting as some major restraints for the market growth globally.
The global winter sports injury treatment market is segmented on the basis of product type, application, distribution channel, and region. On the basis of product type, the global market is classified into Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, Electrical Heating Packs and Cold Compression Packs, Supportive Bands (braces, splints, bands), Kinesiology Tapes, Electrical Therapy Units. On the basis of application, the global market is classified into Knee Ligament Injuries, Snowboarder’s Ankle, Skier’s Thumb, Wrist Fractures, Head & Spinal Injuries.
Skiers are especially prone to spinal injuries in the wintertime, especially those on high slopes. Skier’s Thumb: the most common hand injury, a torn ligament in the thumb is known as skier’s thumb. It is a second most common injury among skiers, it usually occurs when a skier falls and bends his or her hand back to keep a grip on the ski pole. This causes the ligament in the thumb joint to tear and, in some cases, the phalanx (thumb bone) to fracture.
The knees absorb most of the shock to the body during everyday activities lake walking. Knee injuries are some of the most common winter sports injuries, not just because they can occur in any sport but because there are so many different ways to get hurt. On the basis of distribution channel, the global market is classified into Hospitals, Sports Injury & Physiotherapy Clinics, Online Sports Medicine Stores, Brick & Mortar Sports Medicine Shops.
Geographically, the global market is segmented into North America (U.S., Canada), Latin America (Mexico, Brazil), Western Europe (Germany, Italy, England, Spain, France, Rest of Western Europe), Eastern Europe (Russia), Asia Pacific (China, India, ASEAN, Australia & New Zealand, Japan), Middle East and Africa (GCC, South Africa, North Africa).
North America is the largest region holding major market share in the global winter sports treatment injury market. This is because of more snow covered areas in this region such as Buffalo, Rochester in U.S. and Saguenay in Canada. The other factors are government regulations, increasing per capita health care expenditure and improved healthcare infrastructure in this region. Europe is the second largest market holding maximum share of winter sports injury treatment market, due to many snow covered areas in this region, encouraging snow sports in the many European countries.
Asia Pacific including Japan is also expected to grow with a high growth rate, because of more snow sports enthusiast in Australia and New Zealand, which ultimately drive the treatment market for winter sports related injuries such as, incidences of snow sports related injuries such as contusions, lacerations, strain and sprains and increasing awareness regarding the availability of various therapeutic devices and treatment options available in these regions. The key players of the global market are Arthrex, Inc., Smith & Nephew PLC, DePuySynthes, Stryker Corporation and Mueller Sports Medicine, Inc.
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