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October 1990

Sledding-Related Injuries in Children

Author Affiliations

111 Grossman Dr Braintree, MA 02184
Education Development Center 55 Chapel St Newton, MA 02160
Division of Pediatric Surgery 11th Floor, Warren Bldg Fruit Street Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, MA 02114

Am J Dis Child. 1990;144(10):1071-1073. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150340013008

Sir.—The estimated number of injuries in the United States from sleds, toboggans, snow disks, and snow tubes from 1985 to 1987 averaged approximately 33 300 per year with a 4.2% rate of hospitalization1; most of these injuries occurred in children riding sleds. Sledrelated injuries (ie, relating specifically to sleds) may be quite serious. In a recent report of toboggan- and sled-related injuries at The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (Canada), two children died from sledding (ie, relating to the sport) accidents within a 5-month period.2 Because these types of injuries have not been adequately emphasized in either medical journals or handbooks on childhood safety, the purpose of this report is to increase the medical community's awareness of the frequency of sledding injuries, which are often preventable and potentially fatal, and to offer suggestions for reducing sledding injuries that could be incorporated into routine office safety counseling.


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