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By Kenneth Fine, MD
Recreational sledding may be one of the few remaining activities available to children that
is all about fun and isn't tainted by the shadow of over training and super-competitiveness.
Although sledding can be fun, there are risks associated with sliding sports that must be minimized
in order to prevent injury. Each year, there are between 20,000 and 90,000 sledding injuries in
the United States requiring emergency department care. Some of these injuries are fatal or result
in life-long disability. More than 60 sledding related deaths have been reported since 1990.
The main risks in sledding occur when the sled or sledder hits a fixed object such as a tree or rock
or a collision occurs between a sled and a person. Injuries include sprains, strains, cuts, and fractures.
Sleds can reach speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. The most dangerous injuries are to the head
and neck. Collisions with motor vehicles are particularly dangerous.
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|Guidelines to Prevent Injury
- The area for sledding should be free of
obstructions such as trees, rocks, and posts.
The potential path of the sled should
not cross streets, water, or any drop-offs.
Ideally, the area chosen will be specifically
designated for sledding. Never allow
a sled to be pulled by a motor vehicle.
- Helmets should be worn by all children,
especially those younger than 12.
- All children should have adult supervision.
- Make sure that children or adults
supervising children control sledding
"traffic" to make sure that active sledders
don't run into sledders who are finished
or who are walking back up the hill.
- Sit on a sled facing forward. Headfirst
sledding is more dangerous.
- Sledding should be done in well-lit areas,
if done in the evening.
- Physical and mental fatigue may be
factors that contribute to injury risk.
- Sleds with steering mechanisms
are safer than unsteerable
products such as toboggans
- Plastic sheets or other
objects that can be penetrated
by rocks or vegetation should
not be used.
- Be aware of conditions.
- Hydrate regularly with water and/or warm fluids.
Sledding can be a truly fun
activity and perhaps one
of the few pure sources
of entertainment that
is still available to kids.
As long as the above guidelines
are followed, sledding
can also be a safe activity.