COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- 'Tis the season to sled, but are your kids doing it safely?
Most children turn to sledding as a fun outdoor activity after a good snow, but it is recommended to take extra precautionary steps to prevent injuries.
According to Children's Colorado, Colorado Springs, after Tuesday's snowfall there is now a 43 percent increase of sledding injuries seen between 2020-2021. Those injuries include but are not limited to broken bones, injured internal organs, and head injuries like concussions.
Dr. Amanda Abramczyk-Thill with Children's Colorado Springs is the Pediatric Injury Prevention Specialist, and she says this mostly happens when running into another object or debris.
Most of the children they are treating for these injuries are between the ages of two and 11.
"Even if you may think the child is old enough and can steer on obstacles, just try to reduce those as much as possible; and also, wearing a helmet is very promoted for sledding," said Abramczyk-Thill.
They recommend the following to prevent any injuries during sledding:
- Pick a hill with minimal people so the chances of crashing into others is lower.
- Clear off debris—from the sledding path before going downhill.
- Choose a sled with handles
- Choose a clear hill, that doesn't end at a street, road or fence.
- Dress kids in layers that way they can remove one when they get a little hot
- Make sure they are drinking water and wearing sunblock
These are some tips to prevent injury during sledding provided by the Children's Colorado Hospital in Colorado Springs.