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Scooters are a lot of fun to ride, but it is easy for kids to get hurt. Nearly 85 percent of the injuries occurred to children under 15 years of age.
More than 60 percent of injuries could be prevented or reduced in severity if protective safety gear is worn.
Roll with the fall.
Relax. Do not stiffen up.
Land on the fleshy parts of the body.
Do not try to absorb the force of the fall with your arms. Most fracture and dislocation injuries from scooters are to the arms and hands.
Also known as roller blades, inline skates are roller skates with wheels in a line as opposed to being side-by-side. The position of the wheels allows for faster speeds and sharper turns. Since gaining popularity in the early 1990’s, inline skating has become a great way to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors, but kids can get hurt if they are not safe. In 2007, more than 61,000 people were treated for injuries related to inline skating.
An increasingly popular, yet risky sport, skateboarding will officially become an Olympic sport in 2020. Over 124,000 people were treated in emergency rooms in 2018 from skateboarding injuries. More than 41,000 injuries occurred to children ages 5-14. Most common injuries are to the wrists, elbows, upper body, including skull fractures, brain injuries and bleeding of the head.
Longboards 42-80 inches long allows riders to achieve speeds more than 30 mph; riding downhill can result in faster speeds and increases the risk of injury. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, longboards have unique safety issues and resulting injuries can be more severe than a skateboard injury.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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