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Amusement Rides Injure More Than 4,000 Kids per Year

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Karis Rozof4 years ago

An average of 4,423 kids under 18-years old get hurt on amusement park rides each year. That statistic comes from a new study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

First Study of its Kind

According to Medical Daily, there has never before been a study to describe national rates of pediatric injury involving amusement rides treated in U.S. emergency departments.

  • Researchers looked at data from 1990 to 2010.
  • 92,885 children were treated in emergency departments for amusement-ride injuries during those 20 years.
  • 70 percent of the injuries occurred between May and September.
  • Children were hurt most often by falling in or off a ride.
  • The ratio between girls and boys injured was almost 50/50.

 Regions Most Frequently Injured on Rides 

  • 28% head and neck injuries
  • 24% arm injuries
  • 18% face injuries
  • 17% leg injuries
Most Common Types of Ride Injuries
  • 29% soft tissue
  • 21% strains and sprains
  • 20% cuts
  • 10% broken bones
Watch Out for Small Rides Too

All types of rides were accounted for in this study

  • Large amusement park rides
  • Mobile rides at festivals and fairs
  • Small rides found at arcades, restaurants, and malls

Surprisingly, researchers concluded that coin-operated mall-type rides caused at least 11,000 of the 92,885 injuries, which were much more common in children under five-years old.

Fragmented Enforcement System

“Although the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has jurisdiction over mobile rides, regulation of fixed-site rides is currently left to state or local governments leading to a fragmented system,” said Dr. Gary Smith, the study's senior author “A coordinated national system would help us prevent amusement ride-related injuries through better injury surveillance and more consistent enforcement of standards.”

Doctor’s Advice

Smith advises parents to think twice about letting small children ride equipment that is over a hard surface. He added that adults must always monitor youngsters and keep an arm on the child when the ride is moving.

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