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Biomechanics of snowmobile spine injuries

In: Journal of Biomechanics, Vol. 4, No. 6, Dec 1971, p. 569-577

Authors: Verne L. Roberts, J. McCabe, R. P. Hubbard, Frank R. Noyes

A combined experimental and clinical study relative to the production of spinal injuries common to the winter sport of snowmobiling indicates that snowmobile spinal injuries are a repeatable phenomenon with seats of the current design. The number of injuries appears to be growing rapidly with the increased popularity of the sport. However, the redesign of snowmobile and snowmobile suspension systems should allow the elimination of these injuries for most practical conditions.