Recreational Injury Prevention: ATV | Boating & Water | Pedestrian and Bicycle | Playground Safety |TBI | Other
Recreational Injury Prevention
Recreational injuries are especially challenging as communities strive to reduce the risk of injury while upholding the need for healthy physical activity. Recreational injury prevention includes All-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety, Boating and Water Safety, Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety, Playground Safety, and Recreation/Sport Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention (TBI).
All-terrain vehicles (ATV)
ATV-related injury is over-represented in rural environments like those found in Arkansas. Combating ATV injury is challenging. Helmet use while riding an ATV has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of serious head injury and death. However, public awareness of ATV risk is low and ATVs are extremely prevalent, particularly in rural areas where they are used for recreation, farm work, and transportation.
Arkansas youth are all too often the victims of ATV-related injuries and death. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports 43 Arkansas ATV-related deaths occurring in 2007-2009. From 2000-2007, Arkansas Children’s Hospital admitted 468 children ages 1-18 for injuries related to ATV use. In the same time period, 150 Arkansans of all ages died due to ATV-related injuries. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under age 16 do not ride an ATV.
Boating and Water Safety
Arkansas has more than 600,000 acres of lakes and more than 90,000 miles of rivers, streams and creeks and water and boating sports are popular recreational activities. Water safety can be incorporated into these activities to keep Arkansans safe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arkansas ranked the 3rd highest state in the country for drowning deaths in 2009. Water safety includes boating, diving, drowning, pool and spa safety.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
Regular participation in physical activities has long lasting health benefits for all ages although fewer people walk or ride bikes in the U.S. than ever before. One barrier to walking and riding bikes is the risk of injury. Simple safety measures like wearing a helmet can greatly reduce the risk of head injury while riding a bike. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has programs in place to reduce both bicycle and pedestrian injuries.
Despite the physical and developmental benefits related to play, a playground can be a dangerous environment for children of all ages. Since many playground injuries do not require emergency room treatment, this area of injury is underreported in Arkansas. We do not have a clear record of how many Arkansans are injured or killed due to unsafe playground equipment. Safe design and use of playgrounds is important to help children remain active and avoid injury.
Recreation/Sport Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a result of a blow or jolt to the head that causes the brain to hit the inside of the skull. TBIs can range from mild to severe and can result in death. TBIs may result from head injuries during contact sports and from falls in sporting or recreational activities. Other significant causes of TBI include falls and motor vehicle crashes.
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