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Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1998 Oct;152(10):985-91.

Skateboarding: more dangerous than roller skating or in-line skating.

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Medical Rehabilitation Research and Training Center in Rehabilitation and Childhood Trauma, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass, USA. sosberg@msn.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe the circumstances, severity, and outcomes of skating-related injuries among children admitted to trauma centers.

DESIGN:

A cross-sectional comparison of roller skaters (n = 154), in-line skaters (n = 190), and skateboarders (n = 254) aged 5 to 19 years who were hospitalized with injuries.

SETTING:

Seventy-nine hospitals and pediatric trauma centers participating in the National Pediatric Trauma Registry between October 1988 and April 1997.

RESULTS:

Three quarters (75.8%) of the study sample were male, nearly half (47.8%) were injured on roads, and more than one third (37.1%) had head injuries. Among skateboarders, 50.8% had head injuries compared with 33.7% of in-line skaters and 18.8% of roller skaters (P<.001). According to the Injury Severity Score, injuries to skateboarders were 8 times more likely to be severe or critical compared with roller skaters' injuries and more than 2 times as likely to be severe or critical compared with in-line skaters' injuries. Mean hospital length of stay was 6.0 days for skateboarders, 3.4 days for in-line skaters, and 2.4 days for roller skaters (P<.001). Skateboarders were more likely to be male and to be injured on roads than were in-line skaters or roller skaters.

CONCLUSIONS:

Skateboarding-related injuries are more severe and have more serious consequences than roller skating or in-line skating injuries. Research is needed to identify ergonomic and behavioral factors responsible for higher head injury risk to skateboarders, and interventions are needed to reduce the risk.

PMID:
9790608
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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