Story by: Sara Sidery on March 23, 2022
Pediatric orthopedists in Louisville are seeing more children who are injured from falls on skateboards, hoverboards and other ride-on toys. “Some parents may wonder if skateboards or hoverboards are safe for children, and if families choose to buy them, they need to take precautions to help minimize the risk for injuries,” said Laura K. Jacks, M.D., pediatric orthopedic surgeon with Norton Children’s Orthopedics of Louisville, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine.
Skateboards and hoverboards have prompted thousands of visits each year to emergency rooms nationwide. The most common injuries include fractures, bruises and sprains. While injuries most commonly involve the wrists, riders also hurt their forearms and heads during accidents and falls.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a study, “Pediatric Hoverboard and Skateboard Injuries,” warning of the risks associated with riding these two types of toys. According to the AAP, kids younger than 5 years old should not skateboard. Kids between the ages of 6 to 10 can skateboard, but only with an adult watching. Parents should use discretion before allowing a child to use a hoverboard.
Kids should use the toy that’s right for their age and size. Children also need:
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Choose safe places to ride a hoverboard or skateboard:
Our pediatric orthopedic specialists provide specialized care for growing children and teenagers.
If a child experiences a minor injury from a fall, parents can try at-home care in the first 48 hours, before seeing a provider.
For sprains, strains or bruises, families should follow the RICE method:
The RICE method is most effective when implemented immediately after an injury takes place.