Author: Niki L. Carayannopoulos, DO
Did you know that 50 children visit the emergency room every hour because of a wheeled sports-related injury? Skateboards, bicycles, scooters and roller blades should all be enjoyed with some basic safety rules. A new infographic from Safe Kids provides some insight and guidance.
By surveying 1,600 parents of 5-14 year olds, Safe Kids made some interesting discoveries, particularly about how parents view their child’s safety.
What to Do In the Event of a Crash
By wearing the appropriate protective gear and taking some basic precautions, you can reduce the likelihood of injury from crashing. However, crashes (and injury) still occur – even among experienced riders. If you or your child enjoys biking, skateboarding or any other wheeled sports, make sure you know what to do in the event of a crash. These simple tips could be lifesaving in some situations:
- Check your helmet. Is there damage to your helmet? If so, you could have a head injury. If there’s a chance you sustained a concussion, do not get back on the bike or skateboard. The risk of falling and having a second concussion is too great. Sustaining a second crash could result in severe brain damage. While no damage to the helmet could be a good sign, it can be difficult to fully rule out a concussion if you are alone.
- Get out of the road. Next, get yourself and your gear out of the road. Watch out for cars that may not see you. Orient yourself in the direction of oncoming traffic so you can see cars that may not see you.
- Know whom to call. Always let someone know where you’re going and how long you expect to be gone when going out for a ride. If you are unable to continue safely home, call your contact for pickup. (Again, in the event of helmet damage, do not continue to ride, as your helmet may not be able to protect you, and as another crash or injury could cause severe damage if you did suffer a concussion in the initial accident.)
- Take care of yourself. Lastly, see your doctor for care, as needed. If you have headaches, memory loss, confusion, or any other symptoms of concussion, seek care immediately. (Learn more about the concussion recovery process.)
Summer Ortho Resources for Parents
For more information about how to keep your kids safe and active this summer, check out these parent resources:
- Concussion 101 for Parents & Athletes (INFOGRAPHIC)
- Pediatric Foot & Cleat Injuries (INFOGRAPHIC)
- Getting the Kids ACTIVE This Summer! (INFOGRAPHIC)
See a Houston Sports Medicine Doctor
Need a sports medicine doctor in Houston? We’re just a call away. Contact Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics at (713) 756-5546, or schedule your next appointment online.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.