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Child Dangers Causing Injury When Skating, Ways To Reduce Injury

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Children and adults can suffer from serious danger and injury when ice skating. This is especially true in California where the conditions for skating outdoors can change quickly and the proficiency is lower.
Cherlynn Tang was ice skating at the new rink in Orange County California’s Great Park with her three teenage children when she suddenly fell backwards at the end of the skating session. She was treated at the scene by paramedics, then transported to a nearby hospital, but died two days later from a fatal head injury. Head injury can be quite deadly and diagnosis is important. It is still unclear what the conditions were that contributed to her fall, how experienced she was at skating or delay in treatment. One issue was whether the ice had melted and the surface was unsafe for skating.
Her family has filed suit for wrongful death against the city if Irvine for not maintaining a safe facility, failing to implement safety rules and not providing on-site medical personnel.
According to new research, ice skaters are five times more likely to suffer face and head injuries compared to conventional roller or inline skaters. One reason is due to the fact that ice skaters try to break their falls with their hands or arms, but unlike roller skaters, ice is a frictionless surface.
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, AAOS, reports that around 133,500 people get injured from ice skating each year. Typical injuries include head, arm, tailbone and knee accidents due to falls.
Since children participating in roller and inline skating are now required to wear protective headgear, there is serious debate whether ice skaters should be required as well. Currently it remains an optional choice, but head injuries remain the most serious injury in ice skating; from both hitting the ice and the sideboards around the rink.
Wrist and arm injuries are common as well, due to the fact that 90% of all skaters tend to fall forward and attempt to break their fall with their hands or arms. Sprains and breaks are common but experts disagree on whether wrist guards should be worn during skating.
To prevent ice skating injuries and to protect from child dangers inherent in playgrounds and ice skating, here are a few tips to remember:
· Always warm your muscles and stretch before skating · Before you go out on the ice, check to make sure it has been resurfaced and clear of objects · Wear comfortable, layered clothing · Take age-appropriate lesson to learn the proper techniques, learn to fall correctly · To avoid joint pain, do light weight bearing exercises to keep fit and avoid injury · Avoid foot soreness and injuries by lacing the skates correctly. At the bottom of the skate, the lace should be loose, but snug. The middle part should be much tighter and then above the ankle should be loose again.
· Avoid skating when tired; this can lead to injuries · If you or your children are novice skaters, consider using protective equipment such as helmets and wrist guards.
· Check your facility to confirm there are first aid personnel readily available.

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