Skateboarding means different things to different people. It’s a life style, an art form, a sport, a career, a hobby, a mode of transport, a kid’s pastime, a form of rebellion, a booming industry, a form of expression, family entertainment, a healthy form of exercise, a dangerous activity, and an addiction, but also a culture, an identity, an education, and even a religion to faithful follower s. But the dangerous part of skating stops many people from skateboarding. Injury also has been a common issue since skateboard was created. I summarized three articles that include statistics of skateboarding injuries and express different views from their own perspectives on this issue.
According to “Skateboard Injuries” written by W. Boyle, and published by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1995, there were an estimated 8 million skateboarders in the United States at that time. That number was around 40 million for entire world. Number of skateboarders was still rising. With increased popularity the number had risen, with an estimated 56 435 injuries being treated in emergency departments in 1992. The vast proportion of admissions were from head injuries. From the Consumer Product Safety Commission data, 95% involved skateboarders younger than 25 years; 61% involved 5- to 14-year-olds; 87% of victims were male; 74% of injuries involved the extremities. However severe injuries were uncommon, and deaths occurred almost always from collisions with motor vehicles. Young children generally use skateboards near their homes, and they have a high center of gravity and limited ability to break a fall. Injuries are most frequently to the head. Although these head injuries have generally not been severe, they frequently require medical attention. Older children more often use their skateboards on streets and highways. They often can break their falls but injure their extremities in so doing. When they collide with a motor vehicle or cannot break a fall at...
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