3 Summer Activities that Increase Risk of Brain Injuries in Kids

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Every child’s favorite time of the year is summer. Kids love to spend hot summer days in the pool, playing sports, and participating in other fun activities. What most families don’t know is that many summer activities have a high risk of causing concussions and other types of traumatic brain injuries.

To help you keep your children safe this summer, we’ve put together a list of the most common summer activities that increase the risk of brain injuries in kids.

#1: Riding Bikes, Skates & Skateboards

Children love to spend their time at the park with their friends riding bikes, in-line skating, and skateboarding. However, these activities are notorious for causing head injuries. The injury can be as mild as a bump, bruise, or laceration, and in some cases, it can cause a mild concussion, deep cut, or fractured skull bone. In the worst-case scenario, these activities can cause internal bleeding and damage to the brain.

#2: Playing Sports

Sports activities are known for increasing the risk of brain injuries in kids--especially football and basketball. In many cases, they can also cause facial injuries that result in a fracture of the head or any other bone.

#3: Swimming

Swimming is another common summer sport that presents a risk for concussions and even drowning. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 5 and can happen in less than 2 inches of water. In 2018, Orange County had 36 drownings in children less than 5, and five of those were fatal.

How to Prevent Summer Time Injuries

Although summer activities have a high risk of injuries, our children can still have fun if they take precautions.

Below we have put together a list of precautions you and your child can take to prevent injuries this summer:

  • Wear a helmet whenever riding a bicycle or a skateboard or wearing in-line skates.
  • Ensure that children don’t run around swimming pools
  • Practice playground precautions and check for signs of hazards.
  • Be vigilant about water-related concussion hazards,
  • Supervise and recognize concussion symptoms, like headaches, vomiting, vision problems, etc.

If your child suffers a head injury this summer, you might have a personal injury claim. Contact our San Francisco brain injury attorneys today at (415) 688-2176 to schedule a consultation!

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