Sledding accidents up this winter, pr...

Sledding accidents up this winter, prompting warnings from heal...

There are 13 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jan 6, 2009, titled Sledding accidents up this winter, prompting warnings from heal.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A flurry of patients seriously injured in sledding accidents has prompted a safety warning by trauma officials at the Hennepin County Medical Center.

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WSP

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Jan 6, 2009
Umm...it seems pretty basic that tiny ones could wear their bike or hockey helmet, too.

Since: Jul 08

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Jan 6, 2009
or a nerf suit. we could pad all the trees. pass speed limit to 4mph, install seat belts, install air bags.
K in the grove

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Jan 6, 2009
jw in the grove wrote:
or a nerf suit. we could pad all the trees. pass speed limit to 4mph, install seat belts, install air bags.
I agree!!! lol, what fun for the little kiddies....
K in the grove

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Jan 6, 2009
WSP wrote:
Umm...it seems pretty basic that tiny ones could wear their bike or hockey helmet, too.
Why bother then? They could just stay inside safe, or perhaps watch the other kids through the window.
Wow

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Jan 7, 2009
Wow!! What ever happened to common sense, it appears youngsters
now days are lacking common sense. If you're sledding down a hill
with a lot of trees, chances are pretty good you're going to hit one!
If you sledding down a hill with a deep ditch or trench at the bottom
chances are you're going to slam into it and more than likely get
hurt. If there are a lot on people on the hill where you're sliding
and you're going down to fast and careless, chances are you will more
than likely hit and hurt someone. Just common sense, no need to
get the health department involved in something that only requires
an ounce of brains to realize avoid in the first place.
Tired

United States

#6 Jan 7, 2009
'The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attributes sledding to 11 percent of all recreational injuries in the country.' And just what disease are they watching for in these accidents?
Sarah D

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Jan 7, 2009
Who says that the injured were all children? There was a warning about alcohol which makes me wonder how many of these accidents were drunken teenagers or adults.
St Paul Girl

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Jan 7, 2009
I'm sure the accident rate is higher this year because there is actually snow. It's probably no higher than past years with comparable snowfall.
JAdams

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Jan 7, 2009
Many adults are getting into collisions and the result is traumatic brain injury. Be careful out there.
Connie - Woodbury

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Jan 7, 2009
Of course the other kids would make fun of my kids because we always made them wear helmets and safety goggle when sledding. They aren't laughing so much now that the kid down the street was in the hospital for 9 days after a sledding accident.
Diane in Blaine

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Jan 7, 2009
Connie - Woodbury wrote:
Of course the other kids would make fun of my kids because we always made them wear helmets and safety goggle when sledding. They aren't laughing so much now that the kid down the street was in the hospital for 9 days after a sledding accident.
I'm surprised your kids got teased. Helmets are de rigeur in our neighborhood these days...
Connie - Woodbury

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Jan 7, 2009
Diane in Blaine wrote:
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I'm surprised your kids got teased. Helmets are de rigeur in our neighborhood these days...
Well I think part of the problem was that Darrel insisted on saving money by making the helmets himself. I still think with the gas money traveling to Michael's and Tandy Leather to buy supplies and the cost of supplies themself, it would have been cheaper just to buy the darn helmets at the bike store.
No spine zone

Forest Lake, MN

#13 Jan 7, 2009
Nanny state! Slid on gentle slops put your helmets on. Good grief don't think of playing broom ball on the ice. I'm sure Obammmay will out law hill over 4ft tall next. Or tax you for going down hills over 4ft.

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