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ATV'S Unsafe For Children

Kids who ride ATVs have an alarming number of potentially disabling injuries, according to a study reported in USA Today.

The study reported at the annual meeting in Chicago of the Radiological Society of North America studied 500 children and teens injured in ATV accidents and brought to the emergency room at Children's Hospital over eight years. They found that the number of ATV injuries more than doubled from 1998 to 2006. The study adds to other evidence suggesting dangers faced by children who ride ATVs: The Consumer Product Safety Commission says 40,400 children were treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2005 after ATV accidents.

Bone fractures were the most common problem during that time frame: 208 children received such an injury.  Head injuries also were common. The team counted 85 skull fractures, 66 cases of bleeding in the brain and 59 children who had damage to the brain tissue. In 12 cases, children were injured so severely in an ATV crash that doctors at the Arkansas hospital had to amputate an arm or a leg.  The study said six children died after ATV accidents.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 16 be barred from ATV use. At the very least, if you know someone is is operating an ATV, make sure they are wearing a helmet!

You can read the full story in USA Today by clicking here.

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