20,000 kids a year injured while sledding, study finds

Although winter may still seem like a long time away to a nation still sweltering from record-breaking heat waves, a report issued today underscored the hazards of sledding.

A new study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital found that approximately 229,023 children and adolescents under 19 were treated in U.S. emergency departments for sledding-related injuries from 1997-2007 – an average of more than 20,000 accidents each year.

According to the study, which is slated for publication in the September issue of Pediatrics, the most common injuries were fractures (26 percent), followed by cuts and bruises (25 percent). The study also revealed that the majority of injuries occurred during a collision (51 percent), and that collisions were more likely to result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI) than other types of injury.