According to today.com, sledding injuries in children are pretty serious. 21,000 children hit the Emergency Room every year due to sledding injuries, and 9% of those injuries are traumatic brain injuries that can be fatal. Who knew our favorite childhood sport could be so dangerous?
While sledding isn’t as dangerous as, say, skateboarding, which amounts to about 61,000 children hitting the ER yearly, considering that most kids wear safety gear while skateboarding or bike riding but very rarely with sledding makes the need for sledding safety that much more apparent. Here are some tips on how to go sledding safely so your kids aren’t one of the unfortunate ER visits this year.
Younger kids should wear helmets while they are sledding. Sounds extreme, since we as kids never wore them, but you wouldn’t let your kids go bike riding without a helmet, would you? A sled in motion can go an average of 19 miles per hour in speed, faster than the kiddos on a bike, so a helmet for the younger kids at least can help keep injuries at a minimum while they are sledding.
Never pull a sled with a vehicle of any sort. This can be dangerous, as a sled in motion by a vehicle can go very fast and lose control, and can run into the vehicle or allow a child to even be run over. Only sled the old-fashioned way, via being pulled by a person in a controlled area or via going down a hill.
Don’t allow the kids to sled head first. Have them sit Indian-style in the sled or on their knees, not on their bellies with their head being the lead. If your child hits a tree, bump, rock, or another person and they are sledding head first, a serious brain injury could occur.
Go sledding in areas that aren’t highly populated by other sledders or people walking around to best avoid collisions. Choose an area to sled where there is no vehicle traffic or a lot of trees or debris that can cause a collision and injure a child. You want a clear, open space for sledding for the safest sledding fun.
Keep a first aid kit handy for bumps and bruises, and always keep an eye on the kids while they are sledding. What may look like an innocent wipe out in the snow could actually be a serious injury, and you want to be prepared and pay attention.
Sledding is great winter fun, but it should not be taken lightly. A childhood friend of mine went sledding one year and collided with another sled and suffered a brain injury that now has him drooling at home with his mother caring for him full time. It took a second for his entire life to be changed by one simple accident. Proper sledding safety can keep this from happening to other kids, and keep your own kids safe this winter.
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