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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


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