-- Robert Preidt
SUNDAY, March 6 (HealthDay News) -- Sledding is the most common
cause of injury among winter sports enthusiasts, according to an
orthopedic surgeon who made a list of the top five injury-causing
"More than 700,000 injuries are reported each year in the United States due to sledding. More than 30 percent are head injuries caused by collisions," Dr. Daryl O'Connor, a sports medicine specialist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, Ill., part of the Loyola University Health System, said in a Loyola news release.
The others in the top five are:
O'Connor also warned about the dangers of skitching, where a
person grabs a car's rear bumper and slides on the soles of the
shoes, or is pulled by ropes on inner tubes or sleds through icy
"This is not even a sport, it's just being foolish," he said. "In addition to broken bones, neck and shoulder injuries, young people can suffer fatal head trauma."
The Nemours Foundation offers
sledding safety tips.
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