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Medical risks of wilderness hiking



Medical risks of wilderness hiking



American Journal of Medicine 114(4): 288-293



Purpose: We sought to determine the extent to which injuries and illnesses limit long-distance or endurance outdoor recreational activities. Methods: In a prospective surveillance study, 334 persons who hiked the Appalachian Trail for at least 7 days (mean length of hike, 140+or-60 days) in 1997 were interviewed. At the end of their hike, subjects completed a questionnaire on injuries, illnesses, water purification methods, and hygiene practices.

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Accession: 003843581

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PMID: 12681456

DOI: 10.1016/s0002-9343(02)01494-8


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