Sports and Recreation

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Amusement Ride-Related Injuries Infographic

From May to September each year, an average of 20 children per day are treated for amusement ride injuries across the US.

Baseball Injuries

Baseball-Related Injury

While baseball is a great way for people of all ages to get out and get some exercise, injuries can and do occur. Taking a few precautions will help reduce the chance of injury.

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Bicycle Helmets

Riding bicycles is a great way for families to have fun and spend time outside. However, riding a bicycle can also be dangerous. Many serious injuries can be prevented by wearing a helmet.

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Bicycle Safety

Every year in the US, thousands of children are treated for bicycle-related injuries. Many of these injuries can be prevented if children follow bicycle safety rules and wear helmets. 

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Cheerleading Safety

Many cheerleaders are injured while practicing and performing each year in the US. With proper training, rules and spotting, however, many of these injuries can be prevented.

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Columbus Youth Helmet Ordinance

In the city of Columbus, children younger than 18 years of age are required by law to wear a helmet when they are participating in wheeled sports. Violators may be issued a citation.

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Concussions

An unacceptable number of adolescent athletes are returning to play before fully recovering from concussion. These athletes are at risk of lifelong physical and mental health problems or even death.

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Dance Related Injuries by the Numbers

Dance is a beautiful form of expression, but it could be physically taxing and strenuous on the human body, particularly for children and adolescents 3 to 19 years of age. 

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Diving Safety

More than 6,500 children and adolescents are treated for diving-related injuries annually. The leading cause of youth diving injuries is collision with the diving board or platform.

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Basketball Injuries

Basketball is a popular youth sport in the United States. The large participation numbers, though, mean that thousands of children are injured in practices and games every year. 

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Drowning Prevention

Every year in the US, more than 1,000 children die from drowning, and many more suffer life-changing injuries. Parents need to be aware of drowning dangers and take steps to prevent it.

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Firework Safety

Every year, Americans enjoy the 4th of July by setting off firecrackers, bottle rockets and sparklers. However, the celebration often turns into tragedy with the improper use of fireworks.

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Football Injuries

Football safety equipment should include a helmet with a NOCSAE seal, mouth guards, shoulder pads, football pants with pads, and football shoes with cleats.

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Golf Cart Safety

The growing number of golf-cart related injuries has become a concern. The following tips will help keep both drivers and passengers safe while they are using golf carts.

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Gymnastics

Although gymnastics is a popular sport in the US, it continues to be overlooked in terms of potential for injury while having one of the highest injury rates of all girls’ sports.

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Home Exercise Equipment

A study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital examined home exercise equipment-related injuries among children in the US.

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Ice Hockey

Ice hockey is a popular winter sport in the United States. However, there are more than 20,000 ice hockey-related injuries seen in U.S. emergency departments each year.

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Inflatable Bouncer Safety

Inflatable bouncers can be a source of fun and entertainment for children. However, they can also lead to serious injuries, such as broken bones and concussions. 

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Lacrosse Safety

Like many school sports, lacrosse is a good way to stay active and have fun. Coaches, officials, athletic trainers, parents, and players can all help keep athletes safe.

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Motorized Recreational Vehicles

Given the rapidly increasing injury rates affecting children under 16 years of age, researchers recommend taking actions to help prevent injuries and deaths related to the use of ATVs.

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Playground Safety

Unfortunately more than 213,000 kids younger than 18 are treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments for playground-related injuries every year.

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Playground Safety Children Younger Than 6 Years

More than 213,000 children are treated in emergency departments in the U.S. for playground-related injuries each year.

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Skateboarding

Skateboarding can be a fun and competitive activity. However, an estimated 64,500 kids age 5-19 are treated in U.S. emergency departments for skateboard-related injuries each year. 

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Skiing & Snowboarding

Skiing and snowboarding are great ways to spend time outdoors during the winter months. Taking a few safety measures can help you have fun and be safe.

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Sledding Safety

Sledding and tubing can be a great way to enjoy winter weather. Taking a few safety measures can help keep you and your kids safe on the hills this winter.

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Snow Shoveling

Each year, snow shoveling leads to approximately 100 deaths and 11,500 injuries and medical emergencies that require treatment in an emergency department.

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Soccer

Soccer is more popular in the United States than ever before and it is a great way to get kids outside and staying active. However, as with any sport, there is a risk of injury.

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Sports Injury

Sports-related injuries are common in the US among adolescents. If your child participates in any of these sports, be sure to take the proper precautions. 

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Summer Camp

About 11 million children and young adults attend summer camp each year. While there are many advantages to spending time at summer camp, there is, as always, the possibility of injury.

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Walking Safely

Walking is a great way to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors. However, kids have a hard time identifying danger and can be seriously injured or killed by cars. 

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Waterskiing & Wakeboarding

Thousands of water skiers and wake boarders are treated in emergency departments across the US every year. It is important to learn how be safe before you head out onto the water.

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Weight Training

People of all ages enjoy weight training as a way to get and stay in shape. Unfortunately, as the popularity of the activity has increased, so has the number of injuries. 

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Winter Sports

Winter can be a time of great fun. However, these activities can lead to injuries. Following a few safety tips can help you and your family have a fun and safe winter.