Scooter Injuries in Children in a Midwestern Metropolitan Area

This article reports on a study of the use of nonmotorized scooters and safety equipment in a Midwestern suburb. The scooters under investigation are lightweight, compared to the scooters popular in the 1950s, with narrow small wheels. The survey of schoolchildren in the second to sixth grades covered topics of scooter ownership, riding patterns, and utilization of safety gear. Of the 3087 surveys distributed, 74.7% of the children responded. Of these, 93.2% had ridden a scooter, and 71.4% owned a scooter. Children rode in many locations, with 93% riding on the sidewalk, 86.5% in the driveway, 35.5% in a parking lot, and 20% in the street. Of those owning scooters, 91.2% reported owning a helmet, 61.2% kneepads, 59.4% elbow pads, 43.8% wrist guards, and 35.5% riding gloves. Among those owning scooters, 54.6% reported wearing helmets while using their scooter, whereas 10% or less wore riding gloves, kneepads, elbow pads, or wrist guards. Helmet use decreased as grade increased; 50.7% of all second graders reported wearing helmets, compared with 22.7% of sixth graders. Of those owning scooters, 32.2% reported being injured while riding their scooter. Of those injured, 54% reported wearing helmets. The authors conclude that while many children ride scooters and own safety gear, few children wear their safety equipment when riding their scooter. Physicians should continue to educate patients and their parents as to potential injuries on scooters and encourage the use of safety gear, especially helmets, when riding scooters.

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    • Anderson-Suddarth, Julie L
    • Chande, Vidya
  • Publication Date: 2005-10


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  • Accession Number: 01013490
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 4 2005 7:09AM