BMJ Case Reports 2018; doi:10.1136/bcr-2017-223935
  • Unusual presentation of more common disease/injury

Kite surfing: epidemiology of trauma

  1. Michael Leonard
  1. Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma, Adelaide and Meath Hospital, incorporating the National Children’s Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Lisa Dunne, ldunne6{at}
  • Accepted 19 March 2018
  • Published 29 March 2018


Kite surfing has become an increasingly popular recreational activity worldwide. Thrill seekers can span the water at high speeds and reach great heights risking injury and death. We report the case of a young kite surfer who sustained a fracture dislocation of the right acetabulum that required specialised surgical management. We present this case with a review of the literature outlining the incidence of pelvic and acetabular fractures in the kitesurfing community. Overall, there is a low incidence of pelvic fractures in comparison with other orthopaedic traumas reported among kite surfers, and the most commonly injured sites are the foot and ankle. Emergency departments should be alert to this activity and its associated injury patterns due to its ever-increasing popularity.


  • Contributors LD: lead author, writer and submitter of case report, researched and wrote majority of literature review. EM: writer of conclusion of case report, read papers that contributed to literature review and provided input on their relevance and ways to include them in the report as well as assistance with final editing. PHD: assisted with literature review, read several papers and provided input with regard to compiling the data; also gave information on the best way to present the surgical technique and plates used for the acetabular fixation outlined in the case report. ML: performed the surgery detailed in the case report and gave the idea for the project as well as providing data from Tallaght Hospital on injury mechanisms for acetabular fractures and made derivations from said data to assist with case report; also assisted with final editing.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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