Skateboard and Scooter: Child Safety and Injuries in Florida

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In Florida and the rest of the United States, 1000 children per week head to a local emergency room for skateboard and scooter related injuries. In Jacksonville, Florida, children frequently are seen at Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital, Nemours Clinic, Baptist Hospital, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Memorial Hospital Jacksonville, and Orange Park Medical Center. Some parents take their children to urgent care clinics like Solantic Urgent Care Center and other facilities. Most injuries from skateboard and scooters are injuries to the extremities (i.e. arms and / or legs). Fractures to the wrists and ankles are the most common injuries.

Most injuries result from falls from the skateboard. I have read articles and recommendations that children 5 and under should stay off of skateboards and scooters due to balance and coordination development. If a child rides on a skateboard or scooter, the following safety tips are recommended:

1. Helmets. Proper head gear is vital for children. It is suggested that your child use a helmet that complies with the Consumer Product Safety Commission standards.

2. Padding. Padding is available for wrists, knees, and elbows.

3. Basic Clothing / Shoes. Long sleeve shirts and long pants could help reduce or avoid road rash and lacerations.

4. Parental Supervision. Parental supervision is vital to keep your child safe and other children safe as well. Keep your child on a flat smooth surface. Make sure that your child plays it safe and avoids tricks and stunts that can land your child or a friend in a local emergency room. You can read more about Skateboard and Scooter Injuries and Safety Tips at the Riley Hospital for Children Web Site.