Teenagers may consider skateboarding harmless fun, but safety statistics relating to the sport prove otherwise. A lack of awareness of the dangers can have dire consequences. The discussion below provides some sobering statistics as well as safety guidelines.
Injury and Death Statistics
The Hospital for Special Surgery reports that nearly 75,000 skateboarding injuries occurred in the United States in 2009; that number represents a 25 percent spike in skateboarding incidents since 2004. The sport frequently causes wrist and shin fractures that require splinting and casting. Head injuries, some of which can be life-threatening, are also common. According to the 2011 USA Skateboarding Fatality Report, the sport was responsible for 42 deaths that year.
Working teens who sustain skateboard injuries can suffer from the loss of wages. For more information, see Surprising Economic Impact of Skateboarding Injuries: New Study.
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