Statewide Injury Prevention Program (SIPP) 

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.

ATV Safety Fact Sheet*
ATV Resource Guide

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. 

Boating Safety Fact Sheet
Water Safety Fact Sheet*
Personal Watercraft Safety Fact Sheet*
Boating and Water Safety Resource Guide

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.

Bicycle Safety for Children Fact Sheet
Bicycle Safety for All Ages Fact Sheet
Helmets Fact Sheets*
Pedestrian Safety for Children Fact Sheet*
Pedestrian Safety for All Ages Fact Sheet
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Resource Guide

Playground Safety      

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.  

Playground Safety Fact Sheets
Playground Safety Resource Guide

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.  

Helmets Fact Sheets*
Concussions Fact Sheets
Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Guide

Other Recreational Safety Fact Sheets

Hunting Safety Fact Sheet
Hydration Fact Sheets

Contact Us         

Contact Phone
Statewide Injury Prevention Program Toll-free 866-611-3445 or 501-364-3395

*Spanish version available