The main points revealed by a 2-week questionnaire study were as follows: One-third of the victims had been skating for less than one week. Most of these had an injury the first time they tried skateboarding. Two out of every five injuries were to persons using borrowed skateboards. The most frequently injured were within the 10-14 group, which suffered 45 percent of the injuries. Over half of all injuries were to the lower arm or lower leg. Five percent of the injured persons were admitted for hospital inpatient treatment. One out of every three accident occurred when skateboarders struck irregularities in the riding surface. One out of every four involved victims who lost their balance. Slightly over 1 percent of the injuries were attributed directly to the product. A total of 331 injuries were reported during the two-week study period (May 15-May 28, 1977). Based on this sample, it is estimated that approximately 7,600 skateboard-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms during those two weeks. Of the reported cases, 25 reports did not contain information on the five additional variables and were excluded from the analysis. These cases represented an estimate of approximately 550 injuries. The exclusion of these cases does not change the distribution of victim age, injury diagnosis, or any of the other variables normally reported through NEISS. Therefore, deletion of these cases should not affect the findings of the analysis. The remaining 306 reports (estimated 7,045 injuries) were used in the analysis. Detailed analysis was performed of the study data by age of victim, skateboarding experience of the victim, and hazard pattern.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Also titled: HIA Hazard Analysis Report. Skateboards.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Consumer Product Safety Commission

    1750 K Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20006
  • Authors:
    • Rutherford, G W
    • Friedman, J I
    • Beale, S P
    • Brown, V R
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 135 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00308126
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1980 12:00AM