Everett WW.
J Emerg Med

Although commercial skate parks are designed to be safe places for skateboarders and inline skaters, youths can suffer serious injuries at these parks, according to a yearlong prospective study in California.

In 1995, an AAP policy statement recommended the creation of safe havens for skating activities. Despite the proliferation of skate parks since then, no study has looked at injuries occurring at commercial parks.

The author of this study analyzed the types of injuries presenting to an emergency department from a nearby skate park and whether injuries were correlated with skate park design. One hundred subjects ages 8 to 39 years who were injured while skating, skateboarding or riding stunt bikes were interviewed to find out their experience level, how they were injured and what types of safety equipment they wore. Diagnoses for each patient also were...

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