Dennis Caine, Professor Emeritus of Kinesiology and Public Health Education, has published a special issue for Research in Sports Medicine: An International Journal titled “Epidemiology of Youth Injury in Adventure and Extreme Sports,” co-edited with Aaron Provance, Medical Director of the Sports Medicine Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora. Dr. Provance is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedics, University of Colorado School of Medicine.
UND staff in the Department of Kinesiology and Public Health Education (KPHE), Kasey Young, is also included in the authorship of this special journal issue. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Education and Human Development at UND.
During the past two decades there has been an explosion in both the popularity and participation of youth in adventure and extreme sports (AES). AES, by definition, involve an element of increased risk and are usually performed in beautiful, exciting and remote locations or in extreme environments, where timely and experienced medical assistance is not always readily available. Engaging in these activities at a young age has important physical and health benefits, but also involves risk of injury or death.
This special issue, published in May, 2018 provides a state-of-the-art account of the nature, distribution and determinants of AES injury in children and adolescents. Review articles in this unique issue describe the scope of the injury problem and associated risk factors and evaluate the current research on sport-specific injury prevention strategies. Review articles focus on a range of popular youth AES including aquatic adventure sports, all-terrain vehicles, mountain biking, motocross, rock climbing, rodeo, skateboarding, skiing, snowboarding, and wilderness and extreme environments.
The special issue articles were written by an international team of 29 authors including primary care sports medicine physicians, pediatricians, radiologists, epidemiologists, emergency, neurologic and orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and sport scientists. Notably, in addition to their article contributions, lead authors also presented their research findings in a focused session titled “Epidemiology of Youth Injury in Adventure and Extreme Sports” at the recent International Extreme Sports Medicine Congress, June 1-2, 2018 in Boulder, Colorado.
Caine served as chair of the Kinesiology and Public Health Education department during 2007-2014. During this period, he also served for one year as interim dean of the College of Education and Human Development.