As per the statistics available from the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an estimated 3.5 million children aged 14 years and under suffer medically treated sports injuries each year.
Skateboarding is regarded as one of the 20 sports/recreational activities contributing to the highest number of estimated head injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2007.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 50,000 people need hospital emergency room treatment each year for injuries related to skateboarding.
Each year children aged 14 yrs and under sustain an estimated 38,155 roller skating injuries.
In 2004, an estimated number of 18,743 head injuries were treated in emergency rooms due to skateboarding.
In 2007, an estimated number of 18,542 head injuries due to powered skateboards and an estimated 16,477 head injuries due to skateboards were treated in hospital emergency rooms. Of these, an estimated 11,848 head injuries due to powered skateboards and an estimated 10,256 head injuries due to skateboards occurred in children aged 14 years and under.
Although the most common injury resulting from a skateboard crash is a fracture, some skateboard crashes or collisions with motor vehicles can prove to be fatal with severe head injuries. According to neurosurgeon Dr. David Shafron, skateboard injuries are common among patients he sees annually, with concussions ranking highest among these injuries. Dr. Shafron also observed that head injuries resulted from not wearing helmets. Helmets and other suitable protective gear, such as slip-resistant, closed shoes, wrist braces, and other padding may help reduce the severity of injuries in case of a crash or a collision. Studies have shown that helmets can reduce the risk of a head injury by 85 percent and brain injury by 88 percent.
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