Children are at high risk of long-term brain damage for many reasons, but the use of wheeled vehicles is one factor that is currently on the rise. According to Safe Kids USA, bicycling, skateboarding, and roller skating account for almost half of all sports-related head injuries in children. If parents know when and why these accidents are likely to occur, they are much better prepared to protect their children from head trauma during recreational activities.
Reducing the Risk of Brain Injuries in Children
Research from the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that one out of every three skateboarding injuries occurs in beginners—and falling just two feet can result in skull fractures, concussion, and traumatic brain injury. Additional factors include:
- Night riding. Riding at night makes it more difficult to both see and be seen, making it more likely that a rider will be hit by a car, strike uneven pavement, or skid on slippery surfaces.
- Increased transportation. Children who live in urban areas are increasingly using scooters and skateboards as their primary mode of transportation. The risk of injury increases with every ride, especially if the child rides in the road.
- Extreme stunts. Professional skateboarders performing extreme stunts often inspire young people to take up the sport. Unfortunately, skateboarding tricks take years to perfect, and amateur boarders and bladers will fall from railings and stairwells many times during practice.
- Lack of protection. Just as children should always wear helmets when riding bikes, they should wear chin guards and a helmet that covers the front and back of the head when engaging in non-motorized transport. City ordinances requiring all skateboarders, in-line skaters, and bikers to wear a helmet, such as the one passed in Knoxville in 2008, can help reduce the risk of damage to developing brains.
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