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Health Tip: Help Prevent Ice Skating Accidents

Health Tip: Help Prevent Ice Skating Accidents

02/07/12

(HealthDay News) -- Ice skating is a winter ritual for many children in colder climates, but unless precautions are taken it can be fraught with the possibility of injury.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these ice skating safety guidelines:

  • Never allow children to skate on any surface that is not approved for skating. It may not be safe. Call local officials to find out where skating is allowed.
  • Make sure your child skates in the same direction as the crowd, not against it.
  • Don't allow children to dart across the ice in front of other skaters.
  • Never allow children to skate alone, or when they're chewing gum or eating candy.
  • Encourage your child to wear a helmet while skating.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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