UAB researches say tree stands most likely to injure younger hunters

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham say that tree stands are more likely to injure hunters between the ages of 15 and 34.

The findings come from a study done by the UAB Center for Injury Sciences that was presented online in the Journal of TRAUMA Injury, Infection and Critical Care.

The study says that men were twice as  likely than women to be injured and younger hunters were more likely than older ones. Hunters in the age group of 15-24 had injury rates of 55.7 for every 100,000. Hunters in the age group of 25-34 had 61 injuries per 100,000. The lowest injury rate was hunters over 65 with 22.4 per 100,000.

The most common injuries were fractures in the hip or lower extremities, followed by injuries to the trunk, shoulder and upper extremities. Researchers say the types of injuries follow a pattern showing hunter trying to land on their feet.