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Preventing Outdoor Sports Injuries

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Warmer temperatures mean more people will be doing activities outdoors; injury prevention specialist, Dawne Gardner, with Cincinnati Children's Hospital says this is the time of year she see more injuries with that resurgence in activity. 

Here are some facts from Gardner to keep in mind along with ways to protect your kids outside.

  • More children ages 5 to 14 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries related to biking than any other sport.
  • More than 80,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms for skateboard-related injuries every year.
  • Helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88 percent.
  • Falls are the most common type of playground injury, accounting for more than 75 percent of all playground-related injuries.
  • Take your kids to playgrounds with shock-absorbing surfaces such as rubber, synthetic turf, sand, wood chips or mulch.
  • Actively supervise children on playgrounds.
  • Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1-4.
  • Teach children how to swim and parents should learn CPR.

 And when it comes to playing spring sports, consider this:

  • In 2013, more than 1.24 million children ages 19 and under were seen in emergency departments for injuries related to 14 commonly played sports.
  • Encourage children to stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during and after play. 
  • Kids should stretch before practice and games.

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