Korean J Sports Med.  2019 Dec;37(4):134-139. 10.5763/kjsm.2019.37.4.134.

Humerus Shaft Fractures Occurring in Fly Fishing Boat Riding: Injury Scene Analysis

  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Ajou University Graduate School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea.
  • 2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Yanbian University School of Medicine, Yanbian, China.
  • 3Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea. doolungee@aumc.ac.kr
  • 4Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inje University Ilsan Paik Hospital, Goyang, Korea.


The aim of this study was to analyze an injury scene during fly fish boat riding (FBR).
We conducted survey on 12 patients who had humerus shaft fractures during FBR between 2011 and 2016 at three university-based emergency rooms. Individual information, injury mechanism, classification of humerus shaft fracture, and combined injury were recorded from medical document and telephone interview.
The injury happened when the kite was turned over and fall into the water in 10 patients (82%); the kite was turned over in the air in one patient (9%), and a leash between kite and boat was broken in one patient (9%). All patients showed 12-B1 or 12-B3 type distal humerus shaft fracture. And there were combined contralateral distal humeral shaft fractures in two patients, vertebral compression fracture in one patient, and radial nerve injury in four patients.
Riding position and injury mechanism such as turning over may affect distal humerus shaft fractures with butterfly fragment during FBR.


Flying fish; Humeral fracture; Water sports
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