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Winter Sports Safety

According to the American Trauma Society, thousands of children, youths and adults are injured by winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding, sledding and tobogganing.

In 2009, hospital emergency rooms, doctors’ offices, and clinics treated 353,346 injuries related to these winter sports activities. Injuries included sprains and strains, dislocations and bone fractures to the arms and legs, as well as facial injuries and trauma to both the head and spine. Approximately 14 percent of those injuries sustained were head injuries. The percentage of head injuries among children less than 15 years old was higher — about 22 percent.

Winter sports safety tips

Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe this winter season:

Sledding safety tips

The following are sledding safety tips from the American Trauma Society, Pennsylvania Division:

SLEDDING: (Remember "safety")

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