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Study: Boat tubing injuries on the rise

Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Feb 14, 2013 in Boating Accidents

It may not feel like it, but spring and summer are nearly right around the corner. In a matter of weeks, people will start bringing out their grills, opening up the windows and planning for summer weekends outside and on the water. It is never too early to remind Connecticut residents about safety precautions that must be taken in order to prevent injuries when it comes to summertime activities.

The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System has been collecting and monitoring data from one specific and common summertime activity. For the past several years, the organization has been collecting data related to boat tubing injuries in the United States. A group recently analyzed this data and released their surprising findings just in time for summer.

Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio has been looking at the data collected by NEISS and found that there were 7,216 boating accidents involving tubes that required victims to take a trip to the emergency room in 2009. This is much higher than the 2,068 injuries recorded just a decade before. In the past 10 years, there has been an average of 65 tubers that  were treated in an ER every single day.

According to reports, both adults and children are at risk of getting injured, but their injuries vary. Children are more likely to suffer a head injury while adults are more likely to suffer from hurt knees, sprains and strains.

Tubing behind a boat is supposed to be a fun and exciting summertime activity. However, when people do not take the proper precautions to keep riders safe, the repercussions can be tragic. People must take care not to overload a tube with riders and boaters must make sure that they are operating the craft in the safest way possible. This means staying focused and sober while at the wheel. It is also imperative that there are flotation devices provided for each person on the boat and riding on a tube. Without taking these basic and standard safety measures, a day on the water can quickly turn into a trip to the emergency room.

Source: Star Tribune, "Boat tubing injuries up: Kids bonk heads, adults crash and hurt knees," Jeremy Olson, Feb. 11, 2013

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