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Recreational Activities Can Cause Brain Injuries in Children

June 25, 2019

According to the CDC, Football, bicycling, basketball, playground activities, and soccer account for the highest number of child concussion emergency department visits in the United States.  Moreover, from the CDC’s, report between 2010 and 2016, it is clear that the top US-hospital emergency rooms visits and child concussions among males age 0- 17 involving football players (26.8%)  and males age 9 or younger using playgrounds  (38.2% and 19.6%, respectively). Furthermore, among all female children,  soccer, playground activities, and basketball were the most common causes of US-hospital emergency rooms visit respectively and child concussions (females aged 0–17 years) and playground activities ( 42.3%) and children concussions (females aged 5 or younger).

Injuries from Recreational Activities according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 

85,000 – Cycling-related accidents. 

Almost ½ of these cycling injuries involved a child head injury) E.g., Car stikes child on bike.

6,500 Water sports

 Accidental drowning can occur when a child gains access to a swimming pool an unsecured or improperly gated swimming pool. 

28,016  – Diving injury

Child head injury while swimming may occur from slip and falls and diving into shallow water. According to ABC-7 news, “The fun of jumping into a pool turns into trauma for about 6,500 adolescents every year who end up in emergency rooms for diving-related injuries.”

27,000 – Powered Recreational Vehicle Injury 

1 in 4 people, kids, teens – sustain a brain injury using off-road vehicles- ATV, Mini-bike, Dune Buggy, Go-Cart

24,184 – Soccer injury 

Soccer injuries were in the top ten with more than 1/3 of soccer injuries involving a brain injury.  Moreover, head injuries account for between 4% and 22% of all soccer injuries According to USA Today, a recent study published says a soccer ball may cause brain abnormalities similar to those seen in traumatic brain injuries 

23,000 – Skateboard / Scooter brain injury

More than 50% of skateboard or scooter injury ER visits involved head injuries.

17,000 –Snowboarding injury, Snowmobiling accident, skiing injuries.

A study at Mayo clinic found that snowmobile deaths and injuries for children and teen is rising.

X — Deadly Brain Injury Skateboarding Accident

5,000 – Trampoline injuries 

  • According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), nearly two-thirds of all trampoline injuries involve children age 6 to 14.
  • These Trampoline Safety Common personal injuries from trampolines include Mild traumatic brain injuries, concussions or other head injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones requiring surgery some of the time.  
  • Using trampolines the wrong way can cause death or lifelong permanent paralysis for a child. 
  • Most child trampoline injuries are caused by:    “Falling off a trampoline or using a trampoline incorrectly can result in fractures and other injuries — including potentially serious head and neck injuries. The risk of injury is so high that the trampolines should NEVER be used at home or in outdoor playgrounds.” The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states.

Tips from Mayo Clinic That May Reduce Child Trampoline Injuries: Supervise while the trampoline is being used, Keep trampoline away from tree branches and other structures, Use safety pads, floor mats & utilizeTrampoline safety nets

Contact Us – Cullotta Law Offices 

If your child sustained a serious head injury, brain injury, or other serious personal injuries as a result of using recreational activity as a result of someone else’s negligence, call Cullotta Law Offices in Glenview and Chicago IL. When you call us at 847-651-7191 to speak with a Chicago Brain Injury Lawyer about your child’s brain injury.


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