Head injuries incurred by children and young adults during informal recreation

S. P. Baker, C. Fowler, G. Li, M. Warner, A. L. Dannenberg

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To examine injuries related to playground equipment, children's vehicles, roller skates, and skateboards, 1991 data on emergency room patients younger than 25 years in the Consumer Product Safety Commission's 91 surveillance hospitals were used. Head injury was the primary diagnosis for an estimated 58 480 patients, exceeding the total number of head injuries to bicyclists younger than 25 years. The head injury rate decreased with age. The large number and high rate of head injuries in children involved in a variety of recreational activities suggests the value of multipurpose helmets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)649-652
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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