Health Tip: Safety on Wheels
-- Roller sports -- including roller skating and roller blading, biking, skateboarding and scooters -- are a common cause of injury, especially in children.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions to prevent injuries from roller sports:
- Always wear protective gear, including a helmet, knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards.
- Keep your wheels on smooth, even surfaces, and away from traffic.
- Never allow young children to play roller sports unattended.
- Jumps and tricks should only be allowed under close supervision, in a safe and controlled area such as a skate park, and there should be easy access to medical attention if needed.
Posted: July 2008