Skateboarding can be a fun way for children and adolescents to get exercise. However, an estimated 111,000 kids younger than 18 are treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments for skateboard-related injuries each year. Many of these injuries can be prevented.
Skateboarding Injury Facts: Of those children treated in U.S. emergency departments because of their skateboard-related injuries:
- The three most commonly injured body regions are the wrist, ankle and face.
- Broken bones, sprains, scrapes and bruises are the most common injuries.
Who is Most at Risk?
- Skateboarders who are hit by a motor vehicle have the most serious injuries.
- Skateboarders who ride on uneven surfaces have the most fall-related injuries.
Skateboarding Safety Tips
- All skateboarders should wear a helmet and other protective gear (such as wrist guards, elbow pads and knee pads).
- Teach children to never ride a skateboard in or near traffic.
- Check the skating area for holes, bumps and rocks…
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