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Report Shows Dangers of Snow Sledding

| Dec 3, 2010

Sledding is a popular wintertime activity for South Carolina children , but according to new research, sledding accidents may be more common than previously thought.

Nearly 20,820 injuries are reported in the United States from children and teenagers sledding, according to a first-ever analysis of U.S. emergency room reports.

Nearly estimates 230,000 children and teens age 19 and younger were treated for sledding  injuries in emergency departments between 1997 and 2007, according to the study led by the Center on Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Fractures are the most common injuries, with 26 percent reported, followed by bruises and abrasions, 25 percent, and then cuts and sprains at 16 percent each, according to the report . The head was the most injured part of the body, with more than 9 percent of kids sustaining traumatic brain injuries from sledding.

Children aged 10 to 14 were the most likely to get injured in a sledding accident, and boys were at a slightly higher risk, at 60 percent.

As a North Charleston personal injury attorney , I find some of the statistics surprising, especially the fact that most injuries involve head trauma, which is the most dangerous. I recommend parents never let children sled on streets and always keep them sledding away from harmful objects. I also recommend using a helmet when sledding.

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