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Sledding Safety - Quick Tips
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Safe SleddingWinter brings colder weather and often - snow! Snow brings outdoor fun, including sledding. Sledding can actually provide good exercise - but also brings with it the risk of injury to children and adults alike. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) provides some online tips for Sledding Injury Prevention - and we'd like to share those with you.

For the complete article on the AAOS site, visit THIS LINK.

According to the AAOS, he tips include:

"Do Not Sled on Public Streets." The first big snowfall of the winter season often tempts youths to sled down sloping streets where they may be hit by cars and trucks or slam into parked vehicles, curbs, and fences. Speeding down hills in parks that are not designed for sledding is risky. Individuals may have to dodge trees and rocks.

"Sit in a Forward-Facing Position" - Some youths may run with their sleds and leap forward in a "belly flop" that does not give them control of where they are sliding. Do not sled on plastic sheets. They cannot be steered and can be pierced by sharp objects.

Essential Precautions
  • Sledding should be done only in designated and approved areas where there are no trees, posts, fences or other obstacles in the sledding path. The sledding run must not end in a street, drop off, parking lot, pond or other hazard.
  • Parents or adults must supervise children in sledding areas to make sure the sledding path is safe and there are not too many sledders on the hill at the same time or at the end of the run to avoid collisions.
  • No one should sled headfirst. All participants should sit in a forward-facing position, steering with their feet or a rope tied to the steering handles of the sled.
Preferred Precautions
  • Young children should wear a fitted helmet while sledding.
  • The sled should have runners and a steering mechanism, which is safer than toboggans or snow disks.
  • Sledding in the evening should only be done in well-lighted areas.
  • Plastic sheets or other materials that can be pierced by objects on the ground should not be used for sledding.
  • Sledders should wear layers of clothing for protection from injuries and cold."


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