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Sledding-Related Injuries in Children

Sledding-Related Injuries in Children Abstract Sir.—The estimated number of injuries in the United States from sleds, toboggans, snow disks, and snow tubes from 1985 to 1987 averaged approximately 33 300 per year with a 4.2% rate of hospitalization1; most of these injuries occurred in children riding sleds. Sledrelated injuries (ie, relating specifically to sleds) may be quite serious. In a recent report of toboggan- and sled-related injuries at The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (Canada), two children died from sledding (ie, relating to the sport) accidents within a 5-month period.2 Because these types of injuries have not been adequately emphasized in either medical journals or handbooks on childhood safety, the purpose of this report is to increase the medical community's awareness of the frequency of sledding injuries, which are often preventable and potentially fatal, and to offer suggestions for reducing sledding injuries that could be incorporated into routine office safety counseling. Data References 1. US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Directorate for Epidemiology . NEISS Data Highlights . 1985;91986;10, 1987;11. 2. Vaidyanathan C, Li M. A study of tobogganing and sledding accidents. Ambulatory Pediatric Association Meeting Booklet . Mclean, Va: Ambulatory Pediatric Association. (May) 1989. Abstract. 3. Gallagher SS, Finison K, Guyer B, Goodenough S. The incidence of injuries among 87 000 Massachusetts children and adolescents: results of the 1980-1981 SCIPP Surveillance System . Am J Public Health . 1984;74( (suppl 12) ):1340-1347.Crossref 4. US Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC). NEISS Product Code List . Revised edition. Washington, DC: US CPSC; (January 1) , 1987. 5. Gries PG, Christoffel KK. Sledding injuries, 1985. Presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting; November 16, 1988; Boston, Mass. 6. Landsman IS, Knapp JF, Medina F, Sharma V, Wasserman GS, Walsh I. Injuries associated with downhill sledding . Pediatr Emerg Care . 1987;3:277-280.Crossref 7. Listernick D, Finison D, Gallagher S, Hunter P. The problem of sports and recreational injuries . SCIPP Reports . 1983;4( (suppl 2) ):1-4. 8. Smith GS, Gallagher SS, Helsing K, Azzara CV. Sports injury hospitalizations: incidence and coding problems. Presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting; October 20, 1987; New Orleans, La. 9. Odom JA, Brown CW, Messner DG. Tubing injuries . J Bone Joint Surg Br . 1976;58:733. 10. Hedges JR, Greenberg MI. Sledding injuries . Ann Emerg Med . 1980;9:131-133.Crossref 11. Herkowitz HN, Samberg LC. Vertebral column injuries associated with tobogganing . J Trauma . 1978;18:806-810.Crossref 12. DiGuiseppi CG, Rivera FP, Kuepsell TA, Polissar L. Bicycle helmet use by children . JAMA . 1989;262:2256-2261.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Diseases of Children American Medical Association

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1990 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0002-922X
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10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150340013008
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Abstract Sir.—The estimated number of injuries in the United States from sleds, toboggans, snow disks, and snow tubes from 1985 to 1987 averaged approximately 33 300 per year with a 4.2% rate of hospitalization1; most of these injuries occurred in children riding sleds. Sledrelated injuries (ie, relating specifically to sleds) may be quite serious. In a recent report of toboggan- and sled-related injuries at The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (Canada), two children died from sledding (ie, relating to the sport) accidents within a 5-month period.2 Because these types of injuries have not been adequately emphasized in either medical journals or handbooks on childhood safety, the purpose of this report is to increase the medical community's awareness of the frequency of sledding injuries, which are often preventable and potentially fatal, and to offer suggestions for reducing sledding injuries that could be incorporated into routine office safety counseling. Data References 1. US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Directorate for Epidemiology . NEISS Data Highlights . 1985;91986;10, 1987;11. 2. Vaidyanathan C, Li M. A study of tobogganing and sledding accidents. Ambulatory Pediatric Association Meeting Booklet . Mclean, Va: Ambulatory Pediatric Association. (May) 1989. Abstract. 3. Gallagher SS, Finison K, Guyer B, Goodenough S. The incidence of injuries among 87 000 Massachusetts children and adolescents: results of the 1980-1981 SCIPP Surveillance System . Am J Public Health . 1984;74( (suppl 12) ):1340-1347.Crossref 4. US Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC). NEISS Product Code List . Revised edition. Washington, DC: US CPSC; (January 1) , 1987. 5. Gries PG, Christoffel KK. Sledding injuries, 1985. Presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting; November 16, 1988; Boston, Mass. 6. Landsman IS, Knapp JF, Medina F, Sharma V, Wasserman GS, Walsh I. Injuries associated with downhill sledding . Pediatr Emerg Care . 1987;3:277-280.Crossref 7. Listernick D, Finison D, Gallagher S, Hunter P. The problem of sports and recreational injuries . SCIPP Reports . 1983;4( (suppl 2) ):1-4. 8. Smith GS, Gallagher SS, Helsing K, Azzara CV. Sports injury hospitalizations: incidence and coding problems. Presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting; October 20, 1987; New Orleans, La. 9. Odom JA, Brown CW, Messner DG. Tubing injuries . J Bone Joint Surg Br . 1976;58:733. 10. Hedges JR, Greenberg MI. Sledding injuries . Ann Emerg Med . 1980;9:131-133.Crossref 11. Herkowitz HN, Samberg LC. Vertebral column injuries associated with tobogganing . J Trauma . 1978;18:806-810.Crossref 12. DiGuiseppi CG, Rivera FP, Kuepsell TA, Polissar L. Bicycle helmet use by children . JAMA . 1989;262:2256-2261.Crossref

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American Journal of Diseases of ChildrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Oct 1, 1990

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