Skateboarding-related injuries treated in US emergency departments, 1990-2008
Methods: A retrospective analysis was conducted by using data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System for children and adolescents 5-19 years of age treated in emergency departments for an injuries associated with skateboards.
Results: An estimated 1 226 868 children (95% CI: 948 7331 505 003) were treated in emergency departments for skateboarding-related injuries during the study period, an average of 68 159 cases per year.
Conclusions: Due to the continued popularity and participation in skateboarding, strict adherence to recommendations for helmet and protective equipment use is warranted. Skateboarding-related injuries continue to be an important source of injury for children and adolescents.
Describe the patterns and trends of pediatric skateboarding-related injuries in the United States.
Keyword(s): Injury, Physical Activity
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal or co-principal of multiple federally funded grants focusing on injuries to children and adolescents. Among my scientific interests has been the surveillance of sports/activity and consumer product-related injuries treated in US emergency departments.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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